Sample Thunderbird UI redesign
hartnegg at uni-freiburg.de
Sat Nov 19 20:23:50 UTC 2016
Am 19.11.2016 um 19:17 schrieb Benjamin Kerensa:
> I think your missing the point which is you shouldn't be shooting down
> ideas without user feedback and data to support shooting it down.
One could equally well argue that those, who want to change a
surprisingly successful project, have to provide data to support their
Yes, a few years ago, we have seen an increase in size of icons,
compared with previous touch displays. However: the reason was purely
technical, because plain and simple capacitive touch detection is
cheaper, but a lot less precise. That's why we can exactly specify the
day when this trend started: it was the introduction of the iPhone. This
was the first mass-market device that used capacitive touch detection.
But recently we see the trend in the opposite direction: tablets get
pencils, stylus, or whatever you want to call them. Their purpose is not
to keep finger prints off the glass, but to provide finer control.
Interstingly both Apple and Microsoft are doing this same thing, despite
otherwise following opposite strategies as to how similar the UI of
mobile and desktop should be.
In the light of these facts, I would like to see some really good
arguments for a suggestion to increase icons, and insert whitespace into
a desktop UI. I must admit that I haven't looked at the rest of the
suggestions. I'm not generally against improving the UI.
Note that I am not generally against whitespace. Regarding the too
similar direction-icons for incoming/outgoing emails, I was the one who
suggested that the bigggest contrast to some symbol is not another
symbol, but whitespace. However in that case the whitespace would no be
added, but it is replacing a symbol with whitespace. Whitespace is a
great design element. But I would not add unneccesary whitespace to an
UI, except when necessary because technical limitations of the hardware.
We do not have this situation on the desktop.
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