Hello everyone, hope you're doing all ok. Today we start a weekly blog Days of Decadence. We will focus on the golden days of customization, that is until cca 2009. The time when there was so much good stuff going on DA and other communities, that one could barely hold to one setup for a longer period of time. We will present some of the most influential setups and suites ever, but also try to dig deeper into the system and present screenshots that were, at the time, overshadowed, yet they still hold strong visual appeal and style to this day. So let's get right down to it!
Decadence suite by nuance
Back in 2005, a group of designers and artists from Customize.org founded NUANCE, a group dedicated to the optimization of computer desktop design and layout. NUANCE released 2 big projects, both of which undeniably have to be included in the top list of customization projects ever. Today we share the first one, Decadence. And it is only appropriate, as we chose the name of this blog to appreciate the work of this special group. Focusing on minimalism and truly decadent style, the project used smooth monochrome UI and mute wallpapers together with highly detailed elements from pixel glyphs, to sharp and sexy serif icons and illustrations. It really holds well even by todays standards.
Bonafied Lovin’ by nitzua
One of the stand-out shots of 2007, Bonafied Lovin’ is a combination of funky, and very brave choice of color scheme, and sharp pixely UI that really represented a lot of what had been hot for the earlier customization days. A lot of reshacking went into this badboy as well, and honestly, all of it payed off. Plus, J3’s artwork is just icing on the cake. This setup is a prime example of how digital art can inspire whole UI. While the skins are not online, you can still download wallpaper.
Sophomore by recyclebiin
If there is one word that can describe retro setups, it would be wobachi. Building the setup on one of the famous :devblueslaad:’s winamp skins, Caliban really delivered with this screenshot. Everything is well customized and the vivid orange really stands out. Another one of those artistic approaches to the UI, and one of those that will stand the test of time. The winamp skin is available here, and you can also check out :devneiio:’s reworked 7 setup here.
Sublevel.us Desk by VisionsofArt
This awesome linux setup based on older version of :devimrik:’s portfolio website just rocks. Interesting dynamic of AvantGarde and pixel fonts, perfect color palette, and even better contrast between widgets and windows. While there is no similar suite available to download, GAIA08 and :devyukihatsu:’s Travelouge (which has been semi-ported by neiio) are probably the closest thing you can get.
That’s it for this week's issue of Days of Decadence. Let us know if you want this to continue, spread the word and share it with your custo friends. If you have any interesting works from this era you can always propose them to our favourites – featured folder, that way you can be sure we won't overlook them in the future. Happy customizing!