First Glimpse of New Skin for Mozilla!
Saturday October 23rd, 1999
A number of you may have seen newsgroup posts of a new "skin" coming to Mozilla shortly. The design team has been hard at work, and they are planning on landing the new skin early next week. We haven't heard if it will appear in the nightlies at that point, but we'll keep you posted.
Before we get to showing you the new skin, we'll warn you up front that it's not yet in a final state, and any glaring errors are probably being worked on at this very moment.
That said, we have a screenshot of the browser window, and a shot of the address book. Notice the curved ends of the splitter bars and how the address book's toolbar blends into the address list. Also of note is the search button inside the URL bar on the browser screenshot.
There's a lot to see here, and it's sorta hard to come to a conclusion from just a screenshot of in-process work, so I think I'll hold off judgement until I see a final polished version in action...
Very nice: professional and serious-looking and clearly "designed" rather than "thrown together" as the current skin.
It also has a "clean" look suggesting "serious tool for busy professionals" - this isn't an idiot-user skin (see lack of text equivalents on icons, lack of "go" button, etc.) but the very clean look with just four buttons is great.
The only "glaring" problem I noticed (apart from e.g. text vertical position, etc.) is the "M" throbber which is ugly as hell (it's not too bad alone, though not great, but it doesn't go with the new skin at all...). Hopefully they will re-make it with a nice circular one to match those buttons. :)
One other worry is that it might not quite be colour-neutral enough: it will probably look bad with some websites, whereas the abundance of grey in Netscape/IE is fairly safe there...