The Australis "hamburger" button

Madhava Enros madhava at
Mon Nov 25 22:58:17 UTC 2013

Hi Hannes - 

We've actually been talking about using an orange glow on the menu button lines when there's a notification or a need to convey "attention required."

I think you're right in that there are some use cases where we'd want it to be extremely obvious what browser, and what variant, is being used -- i.e. the "over the phone" case. In a milder day-to-day sense, I think that people who become used to the curved tabs and foreground/background distinction will find it extremely obvious when they're not using Firefox (that's been my experience, anyway).

The orange button was certainly distinctive, but it came with some drawbacks around available space for tabs in the titlebar, and a lack of consistency across platforms of where the menu sits (e.g. no orange button on Mac; a button but not orange on Linux; no Firefox button on Android), to name two. Now, for example, in the "over the phone tech support" case you cite, without knowing the user's platform, you can direct them to the menu button at far right. 

Anyway - I agree that we want there to be something that it means to look like Firefox vs. other browsers. We'll keep thinking about it!


Madhava Enros
Firefox User Experience

On Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM, hv1989 wrote:

> I also think this is a loss for firefox. The orange button made it
> really easy to distinguish from other browsers. Also made it easy to
> confirm over phone the person was indeed using browser X or Y. Now
> with Australis I have to take a second look sometimes to be sure. I'm
> pretty sure people not familiar with different browsers will have no
> way of telling the difference or knowing they are actually working on
> another browser.
> I think it would make sense to change the "hamburger button" to
> identify with Mozilla. Using a black/white logo or using a orange
> color. I don't really care. But something that makes it easier. I'm
> pretty sure I will be one of the first to install an addon that would
> only turn that button orange!
> (That's actually my only negative point for Australis. Otherwise I
> think it is really good!)
> Hannes Verschore
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM, Daniel Veditz <dveditz at (mailto:dveditz at> wrote:
> > On 11/22/2013 2:06 PM, Mike Conley wrote:
> > > 
> > > In terms of the monicker "hamburger button", it's not the actual name of
> > > the button. But I've definitely heard it being tossed around and I've
> > > certainly used it myself (usually in jest).
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > If you have Whimsy installed beware: this button turns into a stack of
> > pancakes. That's not the "real" UI in case anyone is as confused as I was.
> > 
> > -Dan Veditz
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