Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:07 UTC
Editorial Late last week we ran a story on how the Google Chrome team had decided to use Gtk+ as the graphical toolkit for the Linux version of the Chrome web browser. It was a story that caused some serious debate on a variety of aspects, but in this short editorial, I want to focus on one aspect that came forward: the longing for consistency. Several people in the thread stated they were happy with Google's choice for purely selfish reasons: they use only Gtk+ applications on their GNOME desktops. Several people chimed in to say that Qt integrates nicely in a Gtk+ environment. While that may be true from a graphical point of view, that really isn't my problem with mixing toolkits. The issue goes a lot deeper than that.
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RE[2]: All guis the same
by dagw on Mon 16th Feb 2009 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE: All guis the same"
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I don't want creativity in an application interface and I don't think anyone else does either!

I do. Many great apps have a creative interface. Take the video composting app Shake for example. It has (at least had, I haven't used the latest two versions) a very creative and unique interface. It is also, in my opinion by far the best and most easy to use compositor I've ever used.

Another example is Office 2007. I'll admit i was mighty skeptical the first time I used. But I have to say that after getting used to it I really appreciate what they've done and I consider it a clear improvement over what went before.

There are also countless examples throughout the history of computing where a novel and creative approach to user interfaces have changed the way we interact with applications.

Now of course not all creative endeavors lead to something useful, but if we never try anything new we'll never advance. New and creative may be unfamiliar, but unfamiliar doesn't have to equate to bad (it obviously doesn't have to equate to good either but I don't think anyone is arguing that).

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