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Re: Firefox Is Getting a Massive Redesign, And This Is What It Looks Like




On 4/4/2017 12:02 PM, Alex S. wrote:
 On Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:04:29 -0700, The Real Bev wrote
    in <XZudnXhAleqQWX7FnZ2dnUU7-RudnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxx>:

Nowadays, it's almost always about simplicity and UIs have to be as
minimalistic as possible.

I blame the smartphone.

And you are not completely wrong with that blame. They contributed a lot
to the "everything has to be as simple as possible" paradigm, because:

 a) The devices themselves were relatively simple in the beginning.
That, in
    conjunction with very limited screen space requires a different
approach
    in UI design.

 b) The users are different too. Smartphones are made for everyone, not for
    people with a dedicated interest in computers. The average user doesn't
    really care a lot about how that icon in the top left corner looks or
    whether the background color of the status bar matches the desktop
    wallpaper. Form and looks follow functionality. This certainly isn't a
    totally wrong approach but for us, who do care about minor details, it
    might appear so.

Well, most smartphones have way more than the 1080 x768 that Win 7 considered the working minimum. And with phones getting larger and larger screens, with more and more resolution, there is really less and less justification for having different displays for the computer and smartphone. All that is needed is the ability to zoom in on the pertinent part of the screen for details.

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