New Modern Skin Soon
Monday April 2nd, 2001
Joe Hewitt writes:
#52 Re: My impressions
by ipotting <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday April 3rd, 2001 6:36 PM
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I like the new colour scheme and the attention to detail that this theme exhibits but I am concerned about the mail/news toolbar. Those icons look less like buttons and more like pretty little graphic labels. I've had the same concern about the current modern theme ("Is that a painted on pattern or is it something I can press?") I always thought that a button should look and behave like a button. Kudos to the new navigator for avoiding this unsightly ambiguity!
I have to say I do like the envelope image. It does a fantastic job giving mail/news its own identity while simultaneously illustrating its purpose. Navigator, Composer, and the Address Book should adopt this idea. How about eliminating that useless piece of marketing fluff called a throbber and replacing it with these images. To preserver the only justifiable function the throbber has, give the user some feedback by animating these images instead. Like this envelope, use a subtle image that almost blends into the toolbar background and a subtle animation that the user could almost ignore. Don't worry about space. Why can't the image/throbber lay behind the toolbar icons? Why can?t the image/throbber *be* the toolbar background?!?