Envisioning an ultra minimal theme for Discourse

My next theme will be an ultra minimal theme which will remove/hide all the advanced (power user) features from Discourse and will be a sort of beginner theme. I wanted to collect some feedback/suggestions before starting work on the theme.

Here’s how I am envisioning it:

Homepage

Poster avatars column and Views column will be removed.

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Composer

Preview pane and toolbar will be removed.

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Topic page

The topic map, footer buttons, suggested topics section and the username (next to full name) will be removed.

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The above screenshots are raw mockup and the final theme should look much better. :slight_smile:

Any more ideas on what more to remove/update for a minimal theme?

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Here’s the theme in action:

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For this to work, we need to obliterate entire classes of functionality in Discourse. Mercilessly.

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Remove any UI that is even a little complex.

Reduce everything to little more than a slightly fancier Whatsapp. Unless it is absolutely essential, it is GONE. :triumph:

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