View Full Version : Google's Chrome to get new skins

08-06-2009, 05:28 PM
Link (http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/08/googles-chrome-gets-skins-and-javascript-performance-boost.ars)

Chrome is getting some new skins, the baseball one shown is pretty neat.

08-06-2009, 06:06 PM
Well, as more browser vendors allow skinning of the default interface I’ve always found the default skin best compared to the additional ones one can install. One major reason is that most of the times the default skin is well thought out in terms of user interface design and is accordingly well-arranged, simplistic, and easy to use while most custom skins’ focus is on providing something new and fancy and graphically outstanding that it distracts from the actual purpose of the interface: to be an easy to use frameset for the actual content.

Likewise the baseball interface certainly looks kinda cool and different but it distracts so much from the contents in the viewport because the “chrome” (the user interface, that is) is too fancy. One can barely see/distinguish the navigation buttons and the address bar from the white line and the grass image is drawing too much attention. And sadly such issues are with most custom user interface designs that some amateurs create (look at Opera or Firefox themes/skins).

Of course everybody is free at installing the skin of their choice but whenever I’m on a computer of somebody that has such crap installed I don’t find my way because it’s all so cluttered.

Sometimes it’s better to not leave the user too many choices. Otherwise we end up with offenses like MySpace.

08-06-2009, 06:38 PM
I agree, Stephan, with the possible exception of Firefox--I'm waiting the theme revamp in 3.7 eagerly.

Some of those themes are awful, but some of them are quite nice. I like the Zen and yellow sort of striped one.