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New Modern Skin Soon

Monday April 2nd, 2001

Joe Hewitt writes:
"Mozilla will be getting a new look very soon. The Modern theme has been redesigned to be a little easier on the eyes. The new look includes a lighter shade of blue, colored toolbar button icons, and lots of other little touches. Bear with me as I land this sometime in the next week or so, as there will surely be bugs. The design is still evolving and there are likely to be frequent changes (for example, dialog buttons will not be black for long after landing)."

Joe also sent us a screenshot for you to check out, stay tuned for more info on this landing.


#52 Re: My impressions

by ipotting <iapottinger@netscape.net>

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?!?