Doraemonn Wrote:Interesting concepts.
For my money though I have to say I prefer the current overall look. The addition of brush metal as well as glass effects, coupled with what in my opinion looks like an unnecessary 'patio roof' effect over the main scroller's sections, seems to be moving away from what made Aeon so appealing: its clean, uncluttered simplicity.
My personal recommendation would be to keep focus on the "less is more" philosophy, and not tinker with textures and design concepts for tinkering's sake.
MediaStream has the cluttered, over-complicated angle sewn up. I'd say differentiate by offering the exact opposite.
Sorry if it sounds a bit harsh... You know I'm a fan
patio roof effect... dam dude... a love patios... their the best... u can chill take a smoke and have bbq on them... thats great... hehehe...
nyways... firstly, this skin needs to improve graphically if i'm to get it to the next step... and these are mockups, so the real thing may not even look that way... but one thing xbmc is missing is something with a different graphical approach... i'm bored with professional... i want dark and mysterious now... lol... lots of other people have mentioned that interfaces are getting repetitive and boring coz the graphics look simple... i agree, wanted something a bit out of the ordinary... something slick and above all different... like really cool websites u run into every now and then... no one remembers boring prof looking myspace pages for one thing, but interesting different ones serve the memory a lot better and makes the user feel more interesting and cool like i bet this look will for u... hehehe... just my take on it all, but i guess, when it happens... give it a try and then decide... coz so often things look better when ur in control... for instance, those wide icon views are way wicked when u use them, but in screenshots, they look weird... a few people have got unstable copies of horizonz volume iv... and they actually like those wide icons... so, lets wait and see what happens... the original look will definately not stay... but maybe a few ideas will be taken from it... plus, i need to make this skin its own skin if u get what i mean! and for it being over complicated... u don't have to have anything u don't want on the screen... their optional!
Livin Wrote:Well said, not harsh IMO.
I like many of the changes he's made: new metal+glass textures is nice and the general layout of the controls.
... I agree with trying to keep it "relaxing" to the eye... I feel there are many sharp/hard edges which is "distracting", the 'patio roof' is one of those that does this the most. Maybe soften/round the corners/points on the images just a bit and don't "stack" too many like images on on top of the other - Now Playing is an example of where putting some separation of the menu bar from the Now Playing controls would clean it up a bit and be less busy - again too many hard angles all in one place.
okay, i get yah... my explaination of hard angles... well... i had a choice between professional round edges or the un-used unique approach of hard edged triangles... went for the latter to be different and stick with my concept of changing everything so people can have a different feel in horizonz and aeon... and trust me, this isn't going to be any different from other versions... any skin will be busy if it was setup that way... and this skins going to have tons of options so people can create their own experience, be it busy or easy of the eyes... i'm aiming for all tastes... and i myself like the idea... get what ur saying on the soften front, may blur the textures a bit... see how they look afterwards... c'mon where are all the robotech fans... hehehe... hard edges are cool... like rock music is cool... other skins are pop... this is rock and even to an extent metal! bring on the cool!
djh_ Wrote:My two cents. I think the future of this mod lies in being all things to all people. As you say, the more "cluttered" look is handled perfectly well by MediaStream while the "minimalist" look will be catered for by Aeon 1.0. So what place Horizonz?
Well, the purpose of a mod like this is to satisfy popular demand. So if you want a banner view, wall view or whatever other view that isn't part of Aeon's vision, xb2iris is your man. Add to that the fact that Horizonz is based on the old Aeon aesthetic, and the old code with its myriad shortcuts and hacks, and it has the potential to be relatively unique. Messy, perhaps, but that's the price you pay. That's assuming it doesn't start feeding off the Aeon 1.0 look, which for courtesy's sake I hope it doesn't.
I do agree about those "Browse your...", "Watch your..." headers over the menu, though. I never fancied them in MediaStream and it looks too much like a me-too addition here.
well like u mentioned... this mod lies in everones interests, and thats why i've made everything optional and there'll be even more options when this interface is added... so if u like it cluttered, so can have it that way... if u want it simple... u can have it that way as well... just think its cool providing the user with an interface he can design based on his tastes... so, those menus are also optional... hehehe... nyways, thanks for your two cents dude... much appreciated that ur saying ur say in here... been waiting for it for ages... almost went to japan to come and get it... so thanks... trying to make this bitch unique... i'm not the aeon creator, u are, so i guess i have to make horizonz more my baby than urs at some point... plus, stark is going to clean out the skin wars, so, for all the people left over, i need something new for them to enjoy! hopefully it will get ur stamp of approval when it gets to the point these screenshots show... maybe i can turn u from a dude that has nine inch nails playing on his system to an actual nine inch nails fan like me! hehehe!