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Gnome "One of the things that the GNOME design crew have been focusing on recently is creating a new approach to application design for GNOME 3. We want GNOME applications to be thoroughly modern, and we want them to be attractive and a delight to use. That means that we have to do application design differently to how we've done it in the past."
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HIG limitations
by korpenkraxar on Mon 13th Feb 2012 08:37 UTC
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Am I the only one who dislikes the ambition to wrap simple HIG concepts around every desktop tool?

For the life of me I can not grasp why office productivity packages should adhere to the same HIG as multimedia tools. I actually *like* having apps for well delineated tasks to have specialized efficient GUIs which incorporate real-world metaphors when possible. If you have experience with music and studio equipment for instance, having virtual knobs and controls in the corresponding software is very helpful to accomplish the task without making too much of a distinction among the actual tools involved.

XMMS, audacious and the early days of winamp are examples of GUI success imho rather than failure for not adhering to general desktop HIGa. These are/were small efficient tools that present the functionality with a well tuned GUI. Rhythmbox, banshee, amarok, wmp and itunes comes across as very clunky in comparison.

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