Eye of GNOME is one of those trusty applications that you just can’t live without. I love it for it’s simplicity. That said, I do think that it could do with a bit of polish in the UI department. So I’ve spent a little while thinking about how EoG’s interface could be improved. Here’s the result:
What do these changes accomplish?
- First, they make EoG look like a viewer. The bottom toolbar is reminiscent of a media player. The design prioritises content over functionality: the first thing you see is the image being displayed, not a toolbar.
- The second difference is about enhancing the viewing experience. The black background makes it easier to focus on the image, as does the border around it.
- Third, the toolbar has been refined a little. The gallery and slideshow buttons are exposed, and the separation of the groups of icons is both visually balanced and easier to mentally process.
- Fourth, the appearance of the image gallery has been improved, with the viewfinder-esque selector providing a mental cue about the application’s purpose.
There’s a page which describes the design, which I’ve broken down into a series of actionable tasks. Best of all, some of the changes included in the design are already on the way to being implemented.