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Espada - Firefox Theme Mockup by muckSponge Espada - Firefox Theme Mockup by muckSponge
A theme for the mainstream.

The most popular themes on AMO are dark, and I notice that a great number of you guys like the squared options in Stratiform. It probably has to do with some primal love of sharp, pointy dark objects that we have all had since we stepped out of that wet stuff we call the ocean (for those of you who agree with Darwin's theory of evolution).

So anyway, with all the time and effort I (and ~SoapyHamHocks, the co-dev of Stratiform, FoxE9, etc.) have put into our stuff, we only get less than a tenth of the user base of these popular themes. Hence I have come up with this mainstream, pleasant-for-everyone-that-doesn't-really-care-about-how-their-browser-looks-so-long-as-it-is-different-and-dark-and-has-pointy-edges theme.

Hence, it has a fitting name. Espada means "sword" in Spanish and is also the name of a model of Lamborghini, which are loud, obnoxious looking cars that everyone wants because they go fast and look cool.

So keeping in mind my goals, which are to:

:bulletblack: Appeal to as many users as possible
:bulletblack: Be dark, sharp and obnoxious to look at
:bulletblack: Keep the default interface mostly intact and just change the things that won't make it incompatible with major add-ons
:bulletblack: Be easy get used to and use

What do you think?

Update:

:bulletblack: Tweaked the gradients
:bulletblack: Made the text fields rounded and deeper looking
:bulletblack: Added gloss... EVERYWHERE
:bulletblack: More metallic looking icons
:bulletblack: Softer text shadows
:bulletblack: Tab bar now has a glow behind it

Another update:

:bulletblack: Old mockup got corrupted, started fresh
:bulletblack: All toolbars have 1px curved edges
:bulletblack: Tabs have bottom curves that curve away from the selected tab (similar to Safari)
:bulletblack: Inactive tabs are lighter in colour
:bulletblack: Selected tab curves at the bottom and has a stronger highlight
:bulletblack: Tab bar glow has been removed (mostly due to laziness)
:bulletblack: App menu button is styled like the inactive tabs to allow for a better hover and pressed state
:bulletblack: Nav bar is 1px shorter
:bulletblack: Text fields are 2px taller
:bulletblack: Text field icons have more spacing to replicate how it would have to look in the theme (even if it does look worse)
:bulletblack: More spacing between the toolbar icons to replicate how it would look in the theme
:bulletblack: Icons are now glossy
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plastikmaniac Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
":bulletblack: Be dark, sharp and obnoxious to look at"

...this is the Kanye West of Firefox themes?

Just kidding - it looks amazing. I can't wait till you finish it.
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Westy is nothing compared to Espada.
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WhiteWraith Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly what I was looking for - Thanks.
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Staneck Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I always loved this [link] - yours is pretty close :)
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hoangnhat1996 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Photographer
when will this be finished? i really love it! awesome job. :D
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
When I have the time. I'm currently at uni (just had an exam today, yay), so I either spend my time working, thinking about working, or gaming hard :P

No time for hobbies :( Once the semester is over, I might have a bit of time to spare, but I'm still not sure what I'll do in it. So many things that require my attention :noes:

It IS something I want to finish, but I can't say it will happen any time soon, especially since I'm lazy and procrastinate and start new projects every 5 minutes.
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SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do want ^^
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plastikmaniac Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd make a joke about "selling out" but I'm sure that's not a real concern of yours. :P
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hahah, to sell out, I'd need to be profiting from it somehow :stare:
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RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
well, whenit got finished, i'll use it.
nice wip theme!
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