Thunderbird’s Extreme Mac-over
Thursday, 9 December 2004
Kevin Gerich has an very interesting article on his web log detailing some of the design decissions he and Stephen Horlander made during the creation of the Thunderbird Pinstripe theme. It’s a worthwhile read for everybody who is interested in the visual design of applications.
After the Pinstripe theme landed in Firebird, Stephen Horlander and I dove in to a companion Thunderbird theme. We started in early November 2003 and finally hit the “let’s stop fiddling with it and get it out there” phase in March of 2004. I’ve gone through the messages that Stephen and I exchanged during that time and pulled out a few examples of design decisions.
Although Thunderbird icons on Windows have improved greatly in the 1.0 version, I really hope Kevin will soon start working on porting his theme to Windows and create a Winstripe theme, just like he did for Firefox.