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vasa1
September 12th, 2012, 12:49 PM
I'm coming across the phrase "flat style" in the context of themes and their components but would appreciate someone explaining what defines a flat style.

vasa1
September 12th, 2012, 01:31 PM
Nice example here: http://www.jyloo.com/images/blog/button/flatButtonStyle.png

cortman
September 12th, 2012, 01:32 PM
I've been on a bit of a "flat theme" kick for a while- I believe it means no 3D-like gradients, no shadowing, etc. Similar to the Windows 8 ex-Metro interface.

vasa1
September 12th, 2012, 01:51 PM
My interest is to know if a flat style will consume fewer resources, however marginally, than other styles.
I've been turning off shadows (box and text) and gradients wherever I can for quite a while.

cortman
September 12th, 2012, 05:54 PM
I very much doubt it consumes fewer resources.
I just like the look (for a change). I was going to link my gnome-shell/gtk theme but I forget what it's called now.

vasa1
September 12th, 2012, 06:09 PM
I very much doubt it consumes fewer resources. ...
Here's just one link:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3225589
If you google for "box text shadow cpu usage" you'll find more.

vasa1
September 12th, 2012, 06:23 PM
And here's a link (http://wiki.xfce.org/midori/faq) to what a Midori (browser) dev suggested a while ago:
Scrolling on website xyz is very slow

Go to Tools > Extensions
Enable 'User Addons' if it's not yet enabled
Create a text file .local/share/midori/styles/scrollfix.user.css
Put this into the file: * {-webkit-box-shadow: none !important;}

cortman
September 12th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Are we talking colors/gradient or effects, such as drop shadows/transparencies/scroll effects?
Perhaps I've just misunderstood.

vasa1
September 13th, 2012, 03:07 AM
I'm not well up on the terminology but I'd guess a flat style, in the context of themes as specified in the OP, is something that doesn't convey the impression of depth or "3D". The subsequent point was that conveying depth may have a noticeable price. Again, I did specify "however marginally" because of varying hardware specs.

mmesantos1
September 25th, 2012, 01:14 AM
Another example of flat style theme. ;)

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/f/2012/167/1/7/self_seperated_openbox_theme_pack_by_mmesantos1-d53qpye.png (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/167/1/7/self_seperated_openbox_theme_pack_by_mmesantos1-d53qpye.png)

Parker32
October 5th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Pleats may be out of fashion, but they aren’t out of style. Flat fronts have been popular for a while now—part of the general revival of all things with an early-’60s sensibility. I believe that pleats will be with us always, almost for engineering reasons.

vasa1
October 5th, 2012, 11:59 AM
Pleats may be out of fashion, but they aren’t out of style. Flat fronts have been popular for a while now—part of the general revival of all things with an early-’60s sensibility. I believe that pleats will be with us always, almost for engineering reasons.
No doubt you're being witty here.