Mat Tomaszewski mat.tomaszewski at
Fri Mar 6 11:29:41 UTC 2009

Nicolò Chieffo wrote:
> quote from the blog:
> "A couple of people have said that the menu looks “sparse” or “bare”
> but I think it sets the right direction and we’ll be continuing with
> this approach as we touch other parts of the system."
> OMG: he wants to remove icons from everywere!!!!
I'm sure that is not the case :)

The "less is more" philosophy is neither new, nor obsolete. I personally 
believe that "less" and "more" can co-exist, but there's a very fine 
line between "sparseness" and making your desktop look like an aircraft 
cockpit. Ultimately, it all comes down to carefully considering every 
single element of the UI in the broader context of overall look&feel, 
use case scenarios etc.

I've got my part in the decision to remove the icons from the fusa 
applet and I can see why it is controversial. I think part of that comes 
from the fact that almost all other menus use icons, and there seems to 
be lack of consistency.

We're in the process of reviewing each decision that was taken and 
building future plans based on that. The developer community feedback in 
this process is (as always) essential.
Thanks a lot for all the comments so far.


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