I’m quickly becoming a fan of Stephen Horlanders design work on Firefox 4:
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Some quick thoughts:
- We should keep in mind these are mockups. There’s a very good chance not all these three images are updated with all the latest decisions being made at Mozilla. For instance, the “Page” and “Tools” buttons present on the Linux screenshot seem to have taken the back seat to the App button.
- Which is interesting because it’s one button, something Chrome is also moving towards.
- The App button isn’t present on the Mac. Perhaps that’s because the File menu is there anyway?
- The Linux screenshot has an early mockup of the Mozilla identity manager which promises to sign you in to websites for you.
- It’s both interesting and sad to think how much time was spent making sure Firefox 3 fit each individual platform in icon style, when clearly the icons are more minimalistic (and therefore automatically cross-platform) today.
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: tabs should be on top. It’ll be interesting to see whether Safari gets with the program, or whether we’ll see iOS and Android overtake desktops with their new interface paradigm before that happens.
- The general interface layout of browsers, these days, seems to be very Chrome and Opera 10. Yet this is still visually very much Firefox with its keyhole back/forward and square tabs. Subtle, great design work here.
Despite the great work that’s going on here, I’m really kind of sad that Chrome will most likely remain my main browser come Firefox 4.