Windows Vista Design

Okay, so I couldn’t find any screenshots on the Windows site (easily), so I got one courtesy of Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows.

All I have to say is that it just plain looks bad. It looks like a very amateurish version of a Photoshop mockup. Everything is clunky. The type is too big. The icons look silly. Not necessarily the icons themselves, but the way that they are placed. Note the player controls on the bottom right. Some of them look like they are type dingbats others look like icons. Then there is the random giant green play button. I know it’s supposed to stand out…but seriously, isn’t this a little overboard? And Why is the Windows logo in the top left just a little bit bigger than the back button. It just looks bad.

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1. Nicole

Okay, I’m going to have to argue with you on this one. I was just at a graphic design critique with a very prominent graphic designer who said, “It’s about intuition, it’s about that first glance. It’s about space.” I think this has got it going on.

The big areas of space have just enough texture to keep your eye moving and directed to your directory, there’s a nice sense of depth and the typeface is working. I even like the big glassy play button.

But yeah, WTF is up with the icons in the upper LH corner?



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