The New Ubuntu Lucid Look: An Appraisal · kbps
And while we’re looking here it’s a good time to talk about the harsh gradient that’s put at the top of these windows. This indicates a strong curve away from the user. Why? For what? For some depth, surely, but there are more subtle ways to achieve depth without making your win dows appear to be half a centimeter thick. They want this to feel “light,” and yet are creating the illusion of bulky molded plastic. It’s a lamentable acquiescence that only adds to the visual noise already begun by the button reservoir.

A bit old, but great analysis of the new Ubuntu theme and branding. A step forward, but sadly it still seems to lean towards the ‘weighty’ and ‘clunky’ feeling that we’ve come to accept from free software.