I was wondering if there are any plans for improving default admin theme in the upcoming Orchard version?
I was doing for some time an interesting module for my client which involved a lot of changes in admin theme and adding many pretty good things for back-end theme like Bootstrap, etc.
As a result I've created a new bootstrap admin theme as a extension for current admin theme, which couldn't be uploaded in Orchard Gallery (because you apparently can't upload themes extending admin theme) and the effect was quite good. You can check it
out here: https://github.com/yhnavein/orchard-bootstrap-admin-theme
Unfortunately there was a few things which couldn't be fixed/improved by just new theme, so I've created orchard fork to fix design issues I've found and improve admin theme in few ways. Partially for experimenting and partially for improving
things for client. Generally it's just a start, but as far as I can see there are no signs that UX and just usability of the back-end is being considered to improve.
I am doing Orchard development in my work and I know that developing anything pretty good for back-end side without good usability base is a rather hard thing. So, if you want you can use this theme made by me or just check out my fork with many improvements.
I can also help in some other way.
And yes, I'm new here :)