Developing an admin theme in Drupal

From the very beginning, I used to wonder if there are any fancier alternatives to the "drupal blue" interface we take for granted in Drupal admin themes. I then discovered the best fit(so far) in Rubik. Since Rubik, not much has happened in admin theme space. I'd rate shiny as a close second.

How much effort goes into creating a fancy looking admin theme from scratch? Is it very straight forward and easy?

Colophon

I wanted to host my blog on a platform which is not tied to a single backend or stack, is dev friendly(git push deploys your app etc) and has a copious free tier. Also, ability to tweak around the look and feel and no-fluff things like markdown were attractive prospects. Openshift seems like a good fit and can't complain so far. Oh, and did I mention its dev-friendly too? Ghost comes to mind when I think of a no-fluff blogging platform.

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