An interesting article. Somehow I keep changing the appearance of my desktop from time to time and have been doing so since Acorn's NewLook came out! At the moment it features a mix of KDE, RO5 and OS X icons... While RO5's default look is good, RO4's look has remained stuck in the nineties and, like the article rightly points out, it does not make use of varying palettes or higher colour modes. Surely most of us work with 15-bit ( 32.768 ) colours or more? While uniformity can be a good thing, RO4's icons lack distinction. For an improved variation on those icons, check out:
Ofcourse, I've immediately downloaded Chris' chromic look sprites which look quite good and much better than the default RO4 tools and gadgets. I do have one point of critique though; normally a window with input focus has a highlighted title bar, but apparently not so with the chromic tools set. Perhaps I need to reboot with them? Anyway, the suggestions Chris made for the developers of RO are quite interesting, of which I found the first and the last most practical for everyday use.
Btw, a tip to create variable 256c palette icons - use InterGif to create optimum palettes from 16 or 24-bit images.