Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘Design’

Thunderbird Redesign Now Available ➝

I’m not too fond of the new app icon, but the app itself looks like a massive upgrade. I look forward to getting my hands on it when I log on to my MacBook Air tomorrow.

➝ Source: blog.thunderbird.net

Stop Using Hamburger Menus ➝

While I don’t use any hamburger menus here on Initial Charge, I am guilty of this on some of my other projects. I should take some time to get rid of those and move to something better. I like Brad Taunt’s suggestion at the main link — a sitemap in the footer with a jump link in the header.

➝ Source: bt.ht

Mastodon Updates Branding ➝

Eugen Rochko, writing on the Mastodon weblog:

We’re teaming up with the design agency Oak to update our homepage and our brand. We’re leaving the ubiquitous blue that every social app seems to have behind in favour of a vibrant purple. Our logo also gets some subtle shape fixes that makes it look more precise. […]

As for the brand updates, they will be rolled out gradually as we update multiple independent properties–the software itself, the iOS app, the Android app, the homepage, the documentation, this blog… So do not be alarmed if you do not see the purple everywhere at the same time.

I can’t say I’m too fond of the updated color, but I guess I’m more resistant to change than I used to be. It may grow on me. But for now, I’m glad Mastoot allows me to continue using the app’s blue icon and theme.

➝ Source: blog.joinmastodon.org

Users Love Settings ➝

Adrien Griveau:

Sitting on an airplane is one of those moments where I eventually get bored enough to start exploring my iPhone settings.

While I was reorganizing my phone, I had a sudden realization: Settings are typically seen as the result of design failure. The thinking goes that as designers, our goal is to create product experiences that don’t require any adjustments by the user. Consequently, offering customization options is interpreted as a failure to make firm product decisions.

I think there is a misunderstanding about what settings really are.

I love settings. One of the first things I do when I find a new application is explore its settings and tweak everything I can to my liking. I want to tailor the app to fit how I use it and hide any feature or user interface element that I won’t be interacting with. An app that allows me to do that is a great app.

(Via Matt Birchler.)

➝ Source: linear.app

Boring Old Menu Bar ➝

I finally upgraded my work laptop to Big Sur and I’m not fond of the design changes from Catalina. There is quite a bit to be annoyed by, but the translucent menu bar is the biggest for me.

After a bit of digging, I found this app to bring back the old design. It works well, but I wish Apple would give us more built-in setting for this sort of thing.

➝ Source: publicspace.net

Apple’s Website Gains Redesigned Store Section and Dedicated ‘Store’ Tab ➝

I’m old enough to remember when they removed the dedicated store section in favor of integrating purchasing throughout the product pages. I never liked that change. And while this new section isn’t quite the dedicated store of old, I think it’s a step in the right direction.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

The Framework Laptop ➝

It’s about the size of a 13-inch MacBook Pro and is designed to be user-serviceable and upgradeable. It can be bought as a kit or as a fully assembled machine. This might be the most intriguing non-Apple laptop I’ve ever seen.

And the most interesting feature is the modules that can be slotted in to customize your ports. It has room for four and you can choose any combination of USB-C, USB-A, Micro-SD, DisplayPort, HDMI, or additional storage. I’d be curious to see what the most commonly ordered combination is — if I was ordering one, I’d probably get two USB-C, a USB-A, and an HDMI.

I sure would love to have one of these to tinker around with.

➝ Source: frame.work

Why Google Abandoned Its Bottom Toolbar-Focused Chrome Redesign ➝

There’s a lot you can do to improve the user interface of mobile web browsers, but I’m not convinced that sticking everything into a toolbar at the bottom of the screen and hiding crucial features is the right way to go.

➝ Source: 9to5google.com