Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Feb 2012 23:23 UTC
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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Wtf?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 00:16 UTC
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RE: Wtf?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 13th Feb 2012 00:36 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2006-12-05

LOL. That's a whole lotta nothingness. That is exactly how you DON'T design a graphical user interface.

Congrats, GNOME devs! First you've succeeded in dumbing down your desktop environment and its applications by removing features completely from the interface (even from the configuration windows) and forcing users to modify GConf. Then you succeeded in changing the whole damn environment for no reason at all other than just for the hell of it and making it work better on smaller touchscreen devices, while shooting yourself in the foot worse than the KDE guys did with KDE4. And now, it looks like you're well on your path to success in wasting assloads of screen space. Great job!

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RE[2]: Wtf?
by orestes on Mon 13th Feb 2012 00:46 in reply to "RE: Wtf?"
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2005-07-06

Yeah, you've just hit on one of my massive pet peeves. People need to make a distinction between removing features (which in the case of Gnome 3.0 were never there to begin with) and not implementing them yet. At the moment we're at 3.2, Gnome 2 at the same stage of development was considerably more spartan and headache inducing.

Are they going to get around to putting everything that was in Gnome 2 by the end of it's life cycle? Probably not. The design most certainly will evolve and grow though.

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RE: Wtf?
by Delgarde on Mon 13th Feb 2012 00:42 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2008-08-19

You will notice that even among current Gnome supporters, there's a lot of "WTF are you doing?" on that thread...

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RE: Wtf?
by leos on Mon 13th Feb 2012 01:05 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2005-09-21



I completely agree with you. However I don't understand why you love the metro interface, which wastes an attrocious amount of space in the name of style, on a device where space is at much more of a premium.

http://i.imgur.com/5Ajzx.png

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RE[2]: Wtf?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 01:17 in reply to "RE: Wtf?"
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2005-06-29



I completely agree with you. However I don't understand why you love the metro interface, which wastes an attrocious amount of space in the name of style, on a device where space is at much more of a premium.

http://i.imgur.com/5Ajzx.png
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Mobile vs. desktop. Metro on Windows 8 is just as idiotic.

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RE[2]: Wtf?
by kenji on Mon 13th Feb 2012 21:59 in reply to "RE: Wtf?"
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Dude, style IS a premium. ;)

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RE: Wtf?
by dylansmrjones on Mon 13th Feb 2012 08:16 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2005-10-02

Well, they are just future proving their application. All that empty space is for later functionality :p

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RE: Wtf?
by diegoviola on Mon 13th Feb 2012 09:20 in reply to "Wtf?"
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RE: Wtf?
by mightshade on Mon 13th Feb 2012 13:18 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2008-11-20

They wanted to demonstrate the "particular album view" of their music player with that screenshot ("The (...) GNOME 3 Music app (...) contains a view for browsing and a view for looking at a particular album, artist or playlist."). Of course that wastes a lot of space when maximised - there just is nothing else to display. It's unfortunate that they didn't show a picture of the other views as well, though.

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RE: Wtf?
by kenji on Mon 13th Feb 2012 21:58 in reply to "Wtf?"
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2009-04-08

That certainly is an example of excessive 'white space' but as a designer I understand the virtue of white space for both aesthetics and readability. Blank space allows for visual organization and the human mind processes that information more effectively. Probably rule 1 of graphic design.

Seriously, if window 'content' went from window edge to window edge you couldn't read a damn thing.

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