There is "starting somewhere", and there is "starting somewhere"
Surely if you are coming to a media player forum to show off your latest idea for a media player skin, then you would have least have something that looks a little like a media player to start with and not just a square/circle/triangle/blob, or maybe that's just me stating the obvious.
To me, even a basic basic basssssssssssic player skin should contain a few obvious things to start with before you start moulding it into shape, lets look at them, or at least what I consider to be basic requirements.
Control buttons, pretty obvious, it's a music player, not much good if you can't press play.
Song ticker, always handy
window control buttons, not always essential, but useful never the less
Vis?, again, not always essential, but handy
volume/pos sliders, again, always handy , especially on something for media playback.
Now, come to the table with a few of those things already in place and most people will pay a bit of attention to you, come with a square box with nuffing on it, and most people will inwardly say "oh shit, not another square with nothing on it".
This isn't a problem that's unique to modern skins, oh no, it's been around for ever with classic skin, "here look, I drew this title bar, but I'm not sure what to do with the rest of it"
People are in such a rush to show off whatever tutorial they have just learnt in photoshop, they barely stop to think about anything else that might be needed, and that's what gets up peoples nose.
I've been saying this shit for years, it's only recently that other people have been voicing similar opinions...