Clarity

A Calm, Clear, Resource Pack

Version 1.11.2

Clarity gives you minecraft in a clear, no-nonsense way. Very low noise, very high visibility.

Playing with Clarity is a much calmer experience than vanilla, or even many simplified packs. When there is less noise, there are fewer things calling for your attention. When differences are clear, information you need is easily in your grasp. The visual world demands less of you, and you play with less distraction and more confidence.

The design guidelines are:
  • What is different looks different, what is related looks related.
  • Cleanliness balanced with elegance.
  • Low noise.
  • Fidelity with vanilla: If you use blocks to create a certain feel in vanilla, the feel should be similar in Clarity.
  • Recognizability: You should be able to naturally know what's what.

The pack is quite complete, with all blocks, all mobs, most items, all UI, and all paintings. Almost all are 16x16, but a few are larger where it reduced noise a lot (for example, curved rail).

Example: Harvest-ready crops stand out clearly from the rest, and each crop can be told from the other:
Example: You can see which way hoppers are pointing. Here the hopper at upper right feeds the one to the left, which feeds towards you until items reach the last hopper, which goes downward:
Example: Multiracial, gender-neutral villagers with clothes that match their professions:
Example: Cleaner, far less noisy UI elements:
Example: Ores are visible above lava and water:
Example: Redstone is as clear as possible. Here is a pressure plate with five items:

There are several things which the default textures hide, and Clarity makes clear:

Example: Each plant stage has different images. Here are eight stages of potatoes and carrots, four of nether wart, and six of chorus flower.
The obligatory overview:

The Clarity Family

Clarity is actually a small family of packs:
Clarity has edges around most blocks to make it easy to count them, and see where blocks begin and end.
Continuity has almost no edges, giving a continuous experience of the world.
Connectivity adds dozens of connected textures that work with both Clarity and Continuity.
Changes adds seasons to the trees with both Clarity and Continuity (must be above them in your resource options). The seasons stretch over a year of minecraft time, so don't expect quick changes!
Beguile is just the UI elements, so you can have the clean UI with any pack you like!

The following image illustrates the differences between the first three packs:

Here are pictures of each season. The season changes are smoothly animated. In game time, fall and spring are about two weeks, and winter eight weeks; the rest is summer. (Yes, it's a little ugly in winter without leaves; I've lived through winter, trust me, that's verisimilitude...)

If you want to know more about Clarity and its design, you have come to the right place. (I don't know what's wrong with you, but this is the right place.)

Paintings

The way to get art that wasn't pixelated was to find artwork that was entirely rectilinear. Luckily there are abstract painters who worked in this style.

Of course, at 16x16 pixels (and multiples thereof), portraying these works requires approximations, especially to avoid aliasing issues. You should see the originals or good photographs to get a better experience.

Credits

In doing this pack, I was originally inspired by the oCd pack by FVDisco. I liked it at first, but eventually its rigid blockiness turned me off. I started by modifying how far down the side of the block grass spilled, and eventually replaced most everything. But I would not have started if oCd wasn't almost but not quite the way I liked it, and my choices were influenced by it.

I also took some inspiration from the Paper Cut Out resource pack by SuperAlgae. Which I really like.

I did a lot of my testing in QMAGNET's test map, thanks!

I did additional testing in PonzooSaus's test map, very helpful!

Authors: BlueMeanial, with JUMBOshrimp277 aiding and abetting, doing many of the items, and advising on many other points of design and deployment.

Creative Commons License Clarity Resource Pack Family for Minecraft by claritypack.com
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
© 2016 by Ken Arnold. Based on a work at https://github.com/kcrca/clarity.

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