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.

#63 Good Start

by eMonk <>

Wednesday April 4th, 2001 9:09 AM

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From the screenshot, it seems to me that the design is very far from complete.

The overall color change is an improvement. The changes to the browser window are for the most part nice. I like the shape of the sidebar tabs. The toolbar button outlines are a little to heavy as some have suggested.

But the mail toolbar is where I have problems. The "blister" effect on the toolbar buttons make the buttons less distinct and I suspect they would be harder to hit than the current buttons. The text for the toolbar buttons seem to be enclosed in a horizontal box, which seems to indicate that they are part of the same element when they are not. The envelope icon on the left is a nice touch, but I suspect this makes the "Get Msg" button more difficult to hit because it's farther away from the edge of the screen.

I'm curious as to why this is an "upgrade" for Modern rather than an entirely new skin? I'm pretty happy with the usability of Modern 2.0. Besides the color tweak, I can't see why it needs a redesign. I think Netscape is making a mistake if they think it's a good thing to have the UI vary from release to release just because they can.

By the way, for those of you who posted about wanting a gray look for Mozilla, check out the GreyModern skin on