In the past few days I’ve noticed that the new Google toolbar (the dark box across the top) has pretty much gone live across all the Google services I use. Google has never been known for their graphic design prowess, but I’d say the update is an improvement. I especially dig the redesign of the Google Docs interface.Some have complained that the GoogleDocs looks is kind of plain:
And, at first glance, it is. However, this approach at simpler design look is appealing over time...it has grown on me and I've come to prefer it to the look of other productivity tools with their crowded toolbars, etc.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.Source: The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
With that in mind, I have to admit I love the new blogger compose window:
As I reflect on the new look, it's all more manageable somehow. Instead of clicking on all these tabs--the old look--scattered across the top of my screen, I now have an easy place to compose and manage blog entries. Contrast this look with the one Wordpress blogs have, where all your space is taken up with this or that...as you can see from the image above, the focus is on content creation.
Thanks for the update, Google!
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