Well my friend, Ubuntu is meant to be easy for newbies. Such tweaks are generally geared towards those who are comfortable enough to not worry about simplistic tools to obtain them, by single click. It seems a bit redundant to me. Best of luck though. I know it's a lot of work and I think that was one of the reasons Shift never really took off. It needed more work than most of us realized.
i am unsure about the workload honestly. sure, if you decide to do your own icon set that can take ages.
others than that, it's just the installation i would do on my notebook anyway, so i do it 2 times (1 partition as backup) and then a few things to configure and blacklab imager runs in 20 min through and voila i have the iso....
still i realy on feedback, bug reports, etc. so that i can improve. however i kept KDE in mind, beause i see with project neon 5 that it's still not anything for daily usage and despite i think they learnt from kde3>4, it might still take a year or so.
for me this is good. so that distro gonna last as long (at least) till i can successfully transfer it to kde plasma next.
first, it was just a project to let me see if it's even possible to do your own distro. yes, i could. and now i start to implement more tools, especially since i am learning python and my goal is to merge these 3 tool (maybe by then even more) into something like yast light.
if i'd just program python for myself i am sure i would lose interest quickly. so this distro project also keeps me going this way.
and who knows (i would not have said this with release 0.1 but now with over 1000 google+ pageviews i start to think differently) maybe as other see the success they wanna join in?