Hi, I'm currently working on some concepts and wonder whether you can help me.
To make it clear, I'm very keen in creating designs but I'm not able to program that yet.
After having read through an avalanche of information of how to modify skins, I don't see myself being able to learn developing a skin by myself anytime soon. It will take time.
Because I'm a litte impatient, I have decided to just show you my concepts in progress and see what you think.
Please do make any suggestions you may have to improve the design and if anyone is even willing to help doing the hard stuff (programming), that'd be absolutely awesome.
Although there are a massive amount of different skins existing, I have not found the skin of my dreams yet. That's why I thought it would be ever so cool, to get it tailored to my very personal taste.Concept 1 - Pocket Peak
I find the idea of the uniformity of so many bars appealing.
Still missing are the actual values within each of the bars. User should be able to select color, refresh rate and transparency.Concept 2 - Spin
I have been inspired for this skin by an existing clock called Reloj
I would like the clock to show 24h instead 12h, and if possible, I like the change of numbers to be animated the way, as if wheels spinning downwards to increase and upwards to decrease the numbers.
Not sure yet whether multiple numbers should be separated into single digits or not.
I'm not really happy with location nor size of the labels for both concepts. On concepts 1 (Pocket Peak) I'd like to put the labels together with the values (percentages, sizes or degrees) within the bars. Problem might be to make it easy to read.
On concept 2 (Spin) I'm still not sure yet, but I could imagine the labels to be placed in smaller letters, aligned on either side of the gauges. But acyually I like Pocket Peak
more than Spin
Here is the first re-design of Pocket Peak:
The spaces between the bars have been decreased considerably. Do you think it looks too tight now?
The actual values have been placed infront of the bars rather than within.
I have the feeling it looks too crowded, or should I just remove the frames around the values again ?
Was thinking of dividing the bars into smaller bits like below - not really sure what looks better.
While I was at it, I have drawn five more bars for the most common folders.
The user can assign any amount of disc space to each bar and by clicking one, the assigned folder opens up.
Here is a rather unusual (useless?) idea of mine to express date & time with bars:
s = 60 seconds in a minute
m = 60 minutes in an hour
h = 24 hours in a day
d = 30 / 31 days in a month
w = 52 weeks in a year
m = 12 months in a year
- May (5th months of the year),
- 19th week of the year (out of 52),
- the 11th day of the month,
- the 10th hour of the day (out of 24),
- the 45th minute of an hour
- and last but not least: 8 seconds.
It might look better when up side down.
If all bars have the same length, unfortunately there are some ugly gaps at the end.
I could have bars with different lengths and without gaps, but it looks even more crap.
I think I'll scratch that idea again.
And here another re-design:
● Each bar is capable now of displaying 100 segments.
● The frames around the values have been removed for more clarity.
● The color of the frames around the bars have changed from white to gray.
● A gap of one bar has been placed between CPU info, System info, Network info and Sound info.
... and with black background ...
I think I will offer to change the appearance of the bars in the options menu.
One set of bars with segments and another one in one piece.
Please make any remarks or suggestion you can think of.