John Gruber on brushed-metal windows

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
October 18th, 2004 • 4:29 am

John Gruber has a new article on the use of brushed-metal windows in the Mac OS X interface.

It’s not quite as in-depth as John’s articles usually are. In particular, he fails to mention two additional problems that I have had the opportunity to point out, namely that there is not enough visual difference between a brushed-metal window in the background and a brushed-metal window in the foreground, and that it’s sometimes too easy to accidentally move a brushed-metal window by clicking on the space between toolbar buttons.

John concludes by asking: “If two themes are OK, why not three or four?” Well, I am afraid we’re heading in that direction, with the introduction of yet another window theme in Tiger, as previewed on Apple’s own web site. (Check out this Spotlight picture or this System Preferences picture, for example.)

I am not sure what it’s going to be called. Grey gradient? Brushed grey? Only time will tell… But it’s definitely yet another theme. Good news or bad news? Depends on your views on consistency, I guess…

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