Things have been busy in GNOME design since 3.0 was released. We’ve been hard at work, taking care of the small details as well as embarking on new projects. I’m sure I’ll have missed plenty of things, but here is a rundown of what’s been happening.
- I’ve been busy with GNOME Contacts, which is a big new feature that is planned for 3.2. A full report on that will be coming soon!
- Me and Lapo have been working on a cool printable cheat sheet for GNOME 3. It’s getting there…
- We’ve been playing around with some ideas for alternatives to traditional menu bars. Mega menus seem to be a popular idea (thanks to Calum for the pro tip!)
- Jon McCann has been hard at work on the design details of GNOME OS. As usual, he’s been moving mountains, designing great UX for a range of things such as software updates and installation.
- As a part of his installer work, Jon gave Gtk+ assistants (or wizards, as they often get called) a design refresh (see the GNOME OS installer designs). This has mostly been implemented, from what I hear.
- There have been lots of theme improvements, which have mostly been worked on by Cosimo. Many of these changes made it into 3.0.1. I think Lapo has done some cool stuff here, though he’s refusing to give the exact details.
- A bunch of us worked closely with Alberto Ruiz on his Gtk font picker redesign. The new dialog should arrive in 3.2.
- The design of the Activities Overview has been evolving to become even more awesome. Jimmac has done some amazing work improving the usability of the Windows and Applications buttons. We’ve also been looking at how we might use paging in the applications view. This stuff is hot.
- Dark themes landed thanks to Florian. We had hoped this would be part of 3.0, but it wasn’t quite ready in time. That’s OK though: it gives us another cool feature for 3.2. :)
- Jimmac designed a control center panel for configuring tablets.
- There have been lots and lots of tweaks and minor design improvements. The control center has been a particular focus of this work. Bastien worked with Jimmac to improve the system information panel and Matthias has given the network panel some much needed improvements (the list is much nicer, in particular – see the screenshots in his recent blog post). He’s also been working on improving how we present locked panels by making the lock button nicer and putting it in the toolbar.
- The UX of Richard‘s color work has been the focus of considerable activity. It’s a complex topic, so much of the work has involved simplifying possible interactions and streamlining the UI.
- There have been plenty of discussions about things that we know need improving, such as improving window border interaction and adjusting the theme for devices with small screens.
- And a bunch of people met with Stéphane, one of our GSoC students, yesterday to discuss the best way to display time zones and weather information in the calendar dropdown.
Phew! I shouldn’t leave these updates so long…