Minimalist FLAT skin: video preview!
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Here's how the project is going so far.
The skin is tentatively named "Minimalistic Flat". It should be primarily a daylight skin, but it should be flexible enough to work as a night time skin, or be easy enough to create a night skin.
Why minimalist? It should have on display only shortcuts for the most used modules/plugins and no information not related to what's currently playing. That means:
-NO CLOCK on the main pages. Some skins manage to display clock and date on all pages (header/footer). I'll pass. I have a watch with me all the time, thank you.
- No date/month/year display. WHY? Year? Are you from the future? :whistle:
- No CF logo/BT indicator, WI-FI, Internet connection on the main screen, nor on the header or footer. I use OEM BT in all my cars and there's no need for a BT connector indicator, why (unless you're troubleshooting). Same thing with Internet, unless you're pushing important stuff and you want to be sure you're connected, but still.
- No transport buttons. Well, almost. I have a Sony Remote stalk (RM-X2S) I use for play/pause/next, but it can be usefull to have them on screen sometimes. Also I like to rely on voice control too (also activated by the remote stalk). But they should be easy to get rid off if needed. That's in the plan.
Why Flat? Well, I'm kind of tired of (some of) 3D effects widely used on skins: emboss, shade, etc. I don't like them much. I want the flat simple look as in the Bing home page. I think 3D icons and general look and feel look great on the iPhone/others, because they are photographic like in quality, some awesome (and probably expensive) design work there. I'd rather assume my limitations and stick to the plain old 2D look, thank you.
Also, a FLAT appearance screams "that only a computer could do". Think of this project as the OPPOSITE of a Hummer skin (awesome skin, dude, but the opposite concept). I don't want to emulate the OEM physical radio buttons, or a tape deck or an Alpine head unit. Not AT ALL. I want it to look like a desktop, I want the "Cool, that's a Windows Desktop, now where is the mouse? this will not work..." and then presto, it's touchscreen/voice controlled! I think it's cooler that way. :proud:
However those design goals are proving tougher that I thought it would be to accomplish (yeah, I think naively took the advice some love to make on this forums, "hey not happy, code your own skin, it's easy lazy boy, etc.").
Some screen shots of what I have so far: