Conversative stance and traditions not withstanding, TDE might profit from some
visual improvements, IMHO. Nothing fundamental, just some low-hanging fruits.
Perhaps worth considering: The icon sets from "http://www.ravefinity.com/".
They claim to do only Open-Source work, so this should be feasible -- either
for direct inclusion, or as a theme source.
The "vibrantly simple" icon set works very well vor me, for example.
Over the years I've collected a lot of Xcursor icon sets for various purposes
* color variants of classic sets, better harmonizing with my colorscheme(s)
** Oxygen -- wide spectrum of colors, some slightly textured
** DMZ -- small spectrum of colors
** Komix -- wide color spectrum, somewhat flippant, but excellent in
combination with e.g. the "Kids" icon set, and quite usable
** Popsicle -- wide color spectrum, quite flippant, but excellent in
combination with e.g. the "Kids" icon set
* dynamic/pulsating cursors, easier to locate (helpful accessibility feature
for some people)
** e.g. "flame" rotating pseudo-3D object, but not to fidgety
** "GreenLight"-series, slowly pulsating glow, in the actual color of the
cursor (not necessarily green ;-)
** "Pulse-Glass"-series, slowly pulsating glow
** "bCircle" and "Tanga" -- very unusual, but interesting design, with very
strong visual cues maybe helpful in terms of accessibility
I attach a few (static) screenshots of the cursors -- if there is interest for
some of them, I can dig into the license issues ...
Some of the icon sets have problems, e.g.
* TDE-LoColor -- does this actually has still an use-case? your are not aiming
at car dashboard display, aren't you? it is very low-res, too.
* iKons -- IMHO nice, but quite incomplete?
* Tango -- only apps icons!?
You might ask "so what?".
Well, they might scare off some users, before they find the more pleasing
For discussion: What about having a kind of "tag mechanism" for artwork?
We could then tag artwork as "colorful", "dark theme", "light theme",
"monochromatic", "accesibility optimzed", "nostalgia", "kids", "modern",
"conversative", "flippant", etc. (multiple tags can be applied to an artwork!).
The user might set preferences in the control-center, which limit the artwork
actually presented for selection -- this would be innovative, improve the
harmony of the resulting setup, reduce the clutter in the selection lists and
would enable a harmonic co-existence of old and new visual styles, without
need to drop legacy artwork.
Finally, about the TDE/Trinity logos, which are still very KDE-ish:
If that is wanted -- OK.
If more visual distance would be welcomed, have a view at:
Would some simple, color-ramped (to stay clear of well-established meanings)
Triquetra or Triskelion be of interest? I can draft those on positive