Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
That always mystifies me about the jailbreaking crowd. The ones that don't pirate (and the ones that do pirate) throw these HIDEOUS themes onto their phones…
And when the themes aren't mind-numbingly garish, they're ALWAYS monochrome. Every icon looks exactly like every other icon. What's the point of that?! How are you supposed to find anything?
I mean, look at this. I've changed icons, yeah. I like the ones I've changed better than the stock icons, otherwise I wouldn't have changed them. But they remain visually distinct and I can pick out exactly what I'm after in a fraction of a second.
states is sound but there is a limit and caveats. Just like serif fonts being widely considered easier to read for body text than san-serif fonts there are other factors to consider. I think it makes sense that Apple is making the Too Bar icons (which are small) monochrome and app icons (which are large, up to 512px) coloured and detailed.
Overall it's more important that the icons, whether multicolored, the same basic color, or monochrome be easily discernible from other icons. on top of that Apple has to consider the needs of the general user over some few that would take advantage of certain features. For example, I used to have only FavIcons in my Bookmark Bar in Firefox. No text, just the icon. These were very tiny and not very detailed so having many colors (along with knowing exactly where I had placed them) made having about 40 in a row an easy way to quickly switch bookmarks. I'd say that was a fringe case and would not expect Apple to do that with Safari as it would be hinder, not help.
I definitely agree with you about the 3rd-party themes. There is no balance, just one extreme to the other.
PS: For my Mac background I've been using a 1px x 1px black BMP as far back as you could alter the desktop background. I use my Desktop as a Springboard for launching files so I want the most contrast as possible and no shifting coloring patterns that could camouflage text of Desktop items. Oddly enough it wasn't until Lion that I could finally do away with 1px x 1px bitmap image in favour of the system settings which not offer the color palette to change to any solid color you wish, not just the 10 options OS X offers. The color palette existed for backgrounds before
this but only for the border around an image that didn't take up the whole screen. This always struck me as an odd omission.