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.

#78 Responsive to Comments

by tny

Thursday April 5th, 2001 9:54 AM

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Does anyone else notice that a lot of the changes made are responsive to the criticisms of the original Modern2? For instance, several folks complained that the navigator buttons in Modern 2 aren't 3-D enough; so now we have more 3-D navigator buttons, and folks are complaining about how thick the lines are!

Me, I think this theme (which obviously isn't finished yet) is heading in the right direction, and I'm not about to criticize either the author of this theme or Netscape. I'm used to Modern2, I got used to Modern1, and I actually liked the old EarlyBlue theme best (and yes, I have installed that early-blue theme and I switch to it sometimes). I doubt that the changes between Modern3 and Modern2 are going to turn people off Netscape. (I'm not sure if they'll help distinguish a later Netscape from the IMHO premature 6.0 product, but hell, it's worth trying: Mozilla today is much better than 6.0 was in November.)

That said, I would prefer to see a little more work on the browser window; there have been some interesting points made above.

Comments for other aspiring theme designers: I wonder if a more translucent look might not be more aesthetically pleasing, though, given the direction the two major commercial operating systems are headed? Linux folks you don't have to worry about too much; they'll probably download alternate themes anyway or make their own (I imagine we'll start see a lot of new E and Sawfish themes designed to match Moz and a lot of Moz themes designed to harmonize with the existing E and Sawfish themes). But OSX folks will want something that looks good with Aqua, and XP folks will want something that looks good with XP. (Not native, just harmonizing). So it might be worth it for some UI guru out there to work up a theme with a translucent color scheme that will look good with either (or both), which I think Classic (and possibly Modern2) will not. (Aphrodite's Sullivan is good, but not quite what I am thinking of . . .)