Modern 2.0

Wednesday August 23rd, 2000

Netscape has begun working on landing the new modern skin for both Mozilla 1 and Netscape 6. The current plan is to dump the current modern skin when the new one has fully landed.

While the skin looks better than the first version of Modern, we think this time could be better spent on improving the Classic skin, which is preferred by the majority of users, rather than working on a skin that has already been shunned by most in the community. What are they thinking?

#30 Death to 3D!

by ess

Thursday August 24th, 2000 7:48 AM

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Well, maybe not *death* to 3D, but I do agree that the glossy stuff is lame. The current modern skin is nice and flat, whatever its other sins may be (I don't mind it).

_Understanding Comics_ has a chapter on realism vs. cartoons, and how it's easier to identify with cartoon faces than with fully-rendered ones.

Do highly detailed icons and 3D-looking interface widgets repel us by preventing us from "identifying with" them? Or is it just that more complex renderings are more distracting? An animated .GIF is more distracting than a static image of a moving object, after all. Nobody would say that the "Send" button in Mail/News should be animated so as to express the motion of sending better.