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Style Decide my next style!

Forsaken

Well-known member
#1
I've just recently finished up two of my styles (Imperial & xenBook) and am now waiting on last minute feedback/bug reports and need to decide which of my styles I'll start next.

Here is the original discussion on Xenique (Which is where I prefer the discussion take place if possible, but here is fine as well).

1. xenDark (http://xenique.com/forums/threads/xendark-dark-sexy.262/)

This is one of the darker styles I have done, and is a personal favorite (Was originally done for Xenique, then for XenFluence).

2. XenSleek (http://xenique.com/forums/threads/xensleek-a-myriad-of-colors.259/)

This style is another that isn't ordinarily in my style, but I think it is quite nice. Will likely come in at least 2-3 colors.

3. Minimalism (http://xenique.com/forums/threads/minimalism-a-work-in-progress.316/)

This was an experimental style that was really just ment to test out the Xenique Style Framework I was coding at the time. The intention was to remove the majority of styling from XenForo, and keep it as clean as possible. Will likely do this in a dark and a light version, or do a dark variant that is a bit heavier.

4. Unnamed 1 (http://xenique.com/forums/threads/name-these-styles.350/)

This one will be another darker style, but not quite as dark as xenDark, nor as dark as Unnamed 2. There isn't really a set vision for the style, though I will likely ship it in several colors (orange, blue, and maybe another).

5. Unnamed 2 (http://xenique.com/forums/threads/name-these-styles.350/#post-3272)

This isn't a very original piece, as it was originally started and re-purposed from a design a friend of mine did, though I've started adding my own style too it. As there aren't many dark sites, and there is just an obvious lack of purple designs, I thought I'd fill the void .
For the last two, I am also asking for people to decide/figure out a name for them. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them here.

I'll also accept requests for other styles/concepts, though they're less likely to be done (At least before these ones).

I'm leaving out the poll as it'll be easier to figure out which style gets the most votes from just the one poll and any users who haven't voted on Xenique.

I'll also take feedback on the styles posted.
 

Forsaken

Well-known member
#3
The Minimalism style would fit that; Other than containing individual nodes, messages and possibly threads, everything will be designed as minimal as possible.

It'll also use the left border (colored differently) to tell you when something is read or unread.
 

ankurs

Well-known member
#4
The Minimalism style would fit that.
not really it still looks xf theme, with bits removed

a more plain/text/less design , is what would make it a minimilistic theme

i also like vanilla concept, more content centric; design occupies least space and gives content a priority
 

Forsaken

Well-known member
#5
not really it still looks xf theme, with bits removed

a more plain/text/less design , is what would make it a minimilistic theme

i also like vanilla concept, more content centric; design occupies least space and gives content a priority
Which is essentially what a minimalistic XenForo style would be...

Minimalism is made up of the following principles:

  1. Whitespace, to make the design look cleaner and emphasis dominant elements (node list in the Minimalism style)
  2. Removal of unnecessary elements, again this is to emphasize the important elements of the design, the node list and the navigation on the preview.
  3. Alignment or flow, this is to help users interact with the site, as well as digest information.
  4. Color, which is used to emphasize important areas that you wish the user to focus on (the left border of the node listing).
  5. Emphasizing key elements, basically all of the above, but the key focus of minimalistic design.
  6. Repetition, which reinforces the overall style. Re-use of shapes (node list and navigation dropdowns)
I don't think you'll be finding many designers who are willing to make styles that don't look like XenForo due to the amount of work that it takes to do, as well as the time it takes to maintain.