Where the "Marked all forums read" "what's New?" and "watched threads" I feel the gradient should be more gradual rather than 50/50 split so the text is more readable. Below is a mockup just wondering if a gradual gradient would be implemented? Entertatined? Not to mention I feel it looks better.
I honestly don't think it is. The only other headers used I seen are the tanned colour (forum cats) and the blue toned used in the footers (thread display for example) I'd need to explore around more but I'm sure they are the only other headers used throughout.
BTW, I am looking into this one - we can't do exactly what Shelley has there, as our gradients have to be of a certain kind, but we can certainly have something a bit less extreme than what we have now.
it is just the light-blue-color at the upper-side of this navbar-element, which makes the white text a bit hard to read........
Also, when hoovering over the word "Forum", there is no indication that you can actually click onto the word "Forum" in order to get back to the Forums-list.
Meaning, the word "Forum" should get underlined or something else in order for the user to recognize that he is still able to click on the word "Forum". If you do not like to underline the word on hoover, maybe make it with a background-change on hoover, so that the user understands he can click on the owrd "Forum".
Our gradients don't contain any color, they just lighten or darken what's there. This is to make base color changes much easier. The color also has to come from our color palette set, which has more than enough blues in it as is (we have a selection of "primary" and "secondary" colors). As far as we can tell, the gradient doesn't pull from one of the colors in our set.