Current Theme Issues
3.0 Windows Default Theme Issues: This is a good starting point that identifies problems and shortcomings with the current Theme/UI on Windows. Focus on Windows Vista and 7.
Visually Appealing Windows Applications
Visually Appealing Windows Applications: Some examples of Windows applications that are visually appealing and/or have good UI design.
- Make use of Aero Glass on Windows 7 and Vista
- Move to tabs-on-top by default (option to move back underneath navigation bar and possibly left or right as well)
- Combine Reload/Stop/Go (Separate Stop and Reload buttons in Customization dialog)
- Move Reload/Stop/Go to the LocationBar
- Addition of thin progress bar (tied to LocationBar in active tab and top of tab for background tabs)
- Sort and Trim Menu Items
- Hide the MenuBar and create replacement AppMenu. ("Firefox" Button)
- Remove the bookmarks bar(if never user altered)
- Addition of a Bookmarks Widget on the main toolbar that replicates the Bookmarks Menu
- Move "Home" button to Home Tab
- Changes to the TabBar to make it more streamlined
- Shift towards more unified look across Windows variations(while still retaining platform look & feel "spirit")
- Less "bright and colorful" icons
- More tangible button appearance
- Perhaps more glyphs
- General icon cleanup/polish
Proposed Theme/UI Direction and Feedback
Direction and Feedback: In depth exploration of proposed ideas for Firefox 3.7 and 4.0.