The Carmichael is designed to presesent your media through a unified interface. Easy of use and a common design thoughtout all views is the goal.
I got inspiration from this image from like a lifehacker article or something and branched out from there. I wanted a skin that a unified feel, unified look thoughout all views. The top fanart half is the "parent" section, and the bottom "child" section is the navigation section...
Skin has all the fun stuff:
2. Custom Home (10)
3. Logos, clearart, cdART
5. One click trailers
Same Look thoughout skin
This is 16x9 fanart, I chopped the bottom 20% to give it that movie widescreen ratio. Really makes the fanart 'pop' at that ratio.