Help decide the UI for the Correspondents columns

Axel Grude axel.grude at
Fri May 13 23:26:35 UTC 2016

Ok guys,

I like the pencil (light gray please) more than all the arrows in the world as well. I 
think the metaphor is also used for the composer. Like I said before, we already have 
too many arrows all over the UI.


*Axel Grude <mailto:axel.grude at>*
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> *Subject:*Re: Help decide the UI for the Correspondents columns
> *From:*Klaus Hartnegg
> *To:*Tb-planning
> *Sent: *Friday, 13/05/2016 22:49:46 22:49 GMT ST +0100 [Week 19]
> On 13.05.2016 at 22:42 Ben Bucksch wrote:
>> In addition, I would also use colors to distinguish
>> incoming/outgoing.
>> With completely different icons, and contrasting colors, I think the
>>  Correspondents column will be a lot more useful and more universally
>> liked.
> Less can sometimes be more, especially in UI design. Icon versus no icon
> is more contrast than icon versus other icon. So much that it does not
> need colour. There are already colors for important, personal, work etc.
>> if you look at the main toolbar, the label for a new outgoing email
>> is "Write" and the icon is a pencil.
>> As a user, I would have chosen the same iconography for the
>> Correspondents column.
> +1 for pencil instead of the confusing arrow. Writing is an act, not a direction. 
> Own emails are special, not because of direction, but because of author.
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