As at least all the fellows in Germany or Europe are desperately waiting for the summer to arrive I have chosen a sunflower picture to initiate my point… as with lots of people such an image simply has an effect..
…the work you do is not easier or harder, the time needed not shorter or longer… but somehow it feels better.. maybe just a little bit, and this is what my “color your life” is about… rather the EMOTIONal aspect.
When talking about theming a UI of course other very important aspects come into the game, like corporate branding, company logos and colors, fonts, and for sure accessibility aspects like contrast ratio. Even increasing user efficiency and effectiveness can be achieved by the right visual design. But the personal effect for me is rather an emotional one, it appears modern, it can show nice sceneries, it is simply a color dot in an often greyish software life.
I know this is just my personal opinion and everyone is different (you know we are in the UX space :o) ).. but just compare those two screens – which one would you prefer??
Picture: FPM for WDA based purchase orders search – standard CORBU theme vs. adapted with UI theme designer
Knowing the right screen is not perfect, I simply like it more… and this is an aspect often neglected when designing and delivering UIs to end users.
And the good news is the UI theme designer supports you – released in its first version with SP04 of the UI add-on 1.0 for SAP NetWeaver – being an easy but flexible tool to make those changes. SAP’s goal is to provide one theme designer for all major SAP UI technologies.
Picture: SAP NetWeaver Business Client 4.0 for Desktop – Index page adapted with UI theme designer
The UI theme designer for sure has to and will continue to grow regarding its features and simplicity over the next releases (the UI add-on for SAP NetWeaver is shipped every 3 months, so no need to wait a year or more for the next version), and SAP is already on its way to collaborate with customers on usability and feature set of the tool to ensure it addresses the right business requirements (the well-known design thinking approach), but even what you can achieve with the current version is pretty impressive … as you can see.
It currently supports the theming of SAPUI5, Unified Rendering (i.e. Web Dynpro for ABAP / Floorplan Manager) and the main elements of the SAP NetWeaver Business Client. More to come…
Picture: SAPUI5 based example shell control adapted with UI theme designer
… these screens have not been designed and adapted by a trained and experienced visual designer (as you can obviously see).. they have been done by myself!!! It took me about an hour to decide which background pictures to use (with little taste like myself this is indeed a tough job ;o) ) and then about 5 minutes to adapt the 3 original screens using the UI theme designer.
… now take a guess what a really skilled designer with a real taste and feel for colors and images as well as some CSS background could do ;o)