Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Apr 2014 15:04 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Firefox 29 has been released, and the most prominent new feature is an entirely new user interface. It's smoother and less angular, and has clearly been designed to somewhat resemble Google Chrome. Hence, I personally think it's a major step forward - except for Firefox' version of the Chrome menu, which uses a grid of icons instead of a list (?!) - but I'm nearly 100% convinced many Firefox users will not like it. It's change, after all.

Luckily, Firefox is customisable to the point of insanity, so I'm pretty sure you can revert to the old look with the right themes and extensions.

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Freaking "UX designers"
by Verenkeitin on Tue 29th Apr 2014 17:52 UTC
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Oh god I hate that menu already.

Icons in a grid was fine in the mid 80's to represent two or three files on a disk. After that, it has sucked sphincter everywhere it has been used from Windows 3.1 to iPhone. A simple list is by far a superior layout for anything where the user is supposed to pick a named item.

Menu layout aside, they managed to screw up on most of the icons so prominently shown in that menu:
- "New window" and "New private window" icons are nothing alike, even though they clearly should be somewhat similar.
- "New private window" icon is the same as "Privacy" settings icon.
- "Save page" icon is the same as "New document" icon in every application that deals with documents, but there is no sense that a saved web page is anything like a new document.
- "Add-ons" icon has been randomly flipped just of the heck of it.
- All of those icons are hard to recognize and ugly as sin in the name of flat design fad. Why oh why do we have to have icons that look like they were designed for monochrome CGA displays. Please UX designers, let users at least have some colors to assassinate with those uniformly boring hieroglyphs.

Most of this basic usability stuff was worked out in the freaking 70's. Imagine if engineering in car companies worked like "UX designers" in software companies. We'd get Ford adds where their physics experience designers proudly showed off the ways they poorly reinvented Newton's laws of motion.

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