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Thunderbird’s Extreme Mac-over

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.

4 Responses to “Thunderbird’s Extreme Mac-over”

  1. AdamStac wrote on December 9th, 2004 at 3:52 pm

    On the flip-side…I’d like to see Mac-Like themes for Firefox be ported over to the Window’s platform. This is great news as well. However I just use Thunderbird for RSS feeds only, and use Outlook 2003 for my mail program (http://www.adamstac.com/arc…).

  2. Mark Carson wrote on January 17th, 2005 at 4:10 am

    Scratch and I have been developing a Thunderbird Winstripe theme since Kevin and
    Stephen have gotten around to doing one yet.

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  3. Eric wrote on April 18th, 2005 at 4:38 am

    Hi. I love your blog. I am just wondering how do you make your hyperlinks underline in a dotted way? Is it CCS? Hope you could enlighten me. Thanks.

  4. reals wrote on November 16th, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Software: Ein sehr interessanter Einblick in die Entwicklung des Interfaces.