Update: I sent a pull-request to David Thibault and this update is now in his mainline repository.
I’m sure everyone and their dog knows by now that we changed the color theme in VS11 Beta to something a little more… ummm… monochromatic.
If you didn’t read about it, you should visit the Visual Studio blog and read Introducing the New Developer Experience.
Regardless of what you think about it, I do know that the UX designers had an admirable goal in mind, and that was making the code be the bit you see the most, and take the chrome out of your line of sight. The idea is to let you focus where it matters and not have Las Vegas lights happening all around it distracting you.
Regardless, I’m not here to comment on all that, but on what I like to do to make the experience even better.
Solarized is a really nice, well-designed color scheme designed by Evan Schoonover. You can read all about how he designed it, the symmetry, contrast values, etc., over on his website http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized.
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