Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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RE: Not bad at all!
by Stratoukos on Thu 4th Mar 2010 01:49 UTC in reply to "Not bad at all!"
Stratoukos
Member since:
2009-02-11

The new dark theme is gorgeous indeed.

As Tanner Helland said some months ago, a view I completely agreed with back then:


Take a look at Apple’s “Get a Mac” frontpage. What’s the first line?

“It’s gorgeous. Inside and out.”

Could the same be said of Ubuntu? Not with a straight face.

Well, now it could!

Fun fact: googling for "ubuntu mac gorgeous straight face" to find the exact quote, the first link was osnews.

Something else. Anyone knows what is the rationale behind aligning the window title to the left of the titlebar? I think it looked cleaner on the center.

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RE[2]: Not bad at all!
by jokkel on Thu 4th Mar 2010 07:38 in reply to "RE: Not bad at all!"
jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

It's bad UI design if the location of important items moves too much. The window close and minimize buttons would always be in a different position, depending on the window size.
Placing buttons in the corner makes them easy to find.

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RE[3]: Not bad at all!
by Stratoukos on Thu 4th Mar 2010 09:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Not bad at all!"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

I am not talking about the button placement, but the title placement. For example in the first screenshot that would be 'ubuntu - File Browser'. I think it's better centered both usability-wise and because it look's better (mainly because there's a lot of clutter in the left side).

But what interests me is that previous versions had the title centered, so these guys made a conscious decision to move the title.

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