[QtMoko] MokoFaen theme, update

Neil Jerram neil at ossau.homelinux.net
Thu Aug 23 01:08:43 CEST 2012

francesco.devita at mailoo.org writes:

> Hi list!
> I'm going to work to an update for the MokoFaen theme for QtMoko.  I'm
> planning a few changes to it but I really would like to have some
> feedback from the community.

I like MokoFaen a lot.  I think it's more beautiful and elegant than
Finxi, and has better overall use of the screen space.

Nevertheless I still switch back to Finxi quite frequently - simply
because that's where Radek adds new things, and sometimes I need to see

I think the challenge is more or less exactly as you've said below: how
can you allow for all those extra little bits of information, while
still staying elegant?

> Usually I just follow my taste, but I admit that my work sometimes
> lacks beauty and functionality. So I'm asking you to give me some
> hints, to tell me what you like, what you don't like, what features do
> you want.
> For now I found some aspects that I would like to change:
> - The theme became heavy, if you use a GTA02 you can notice a less
>   responsiveness of the system, compared to the default Finxi theme.
>   I have to lighten the graphical elements;

FWIW, on GTA04 I don't notice this.

> - The theme became also "heavy" from an aesthetic point of view, maybe
>   a more minimal style could be pleasant;

I don't know, because I only looked at MokoFaen recently.  It doesn't
seem heavy to me as it is now.

> - In the home screen there are a lot of infos displayed, maybe they
>   can be regrouped in a more efficient way, I'm thinking about
>   something like conky [1] or conky-colors [2];

Those links look nice to me.  I suppose if a bunch of information moved
inside conky, and then each theme's homescreen embedded conky,

- the advantage would be only having to manage that information in one

- the disadvantage would be that it would become more different to theme
  those pieces of information in a very fine-grained way.

That's quite finely balanced...  Perhaps what swings it, in favour of
conky, is that when you have a large collection of basically numbers to
present, it's good to impose some more structure on that.

> I know that theming is not a critical task, for me it's just an
> amusement, but your opinions and help could be really useful.

It's much appreciated, all the same.  Seems to make the phone a bit more


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