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.

#54 I agree. Icons look KDE-cheesy

by mpercy

Tuesday April 3rd, 2001 8:48 PM

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No offense to anyone that likes KDE ;) but IMHO the icons in Mail/News look like crap, just like KDE. They are gaudy and brightly colored with dark borders... I think it looks unpolished and unprofessional.

Call me a trendwh***, but a nice alternative is something like MS and Apple are going towards with some 32- or at least 16-bit buttons with \\\"glowy\\\" colorful inside-icons but sharp, defined, realistic chrome button borders... that are not outlines with what looks like a thick black crayon. The designers were really much more on the right track with the current modern skin in this respect.

OTOH, the beautiful shaded envelope image on the toolbar is awesome! I think it adds some real polish and professionalism to the design of the app. Every component should have something like that in the toolbar, it is definitely worth the 50 - 70 horizontal pixels it would take up.

Regardless, I appreciate the effort Netscape and the design team are putting into creating a sweet UI to Moz. Thanks a lot guys!