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tahsali Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Why are now all the icons gray? It is so unappeasing. It is harder to know what it is unless you read the description next to it. Not intuitive like before.

please allow a change to convert back to color.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,660 points)

    "Apple says that its goal with the Lion user interface was to highlight content by de-emphasizing the surrounding user interface elements."

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/07/mac-os-x-10-7.ars/3#color-vampire

  • tahsali Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    But this has the unfortunate side effect of making interface elements less distinguishable from each other, especially at the small sizes typical in sidebars.

  • tahsali Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Is there a way to switch it back?

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,660 points)

    Yes, exactly what was said in the article!

  • tahsali Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    buttons are too small as well

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,660 points)

    No.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,660 points)

    lost only one pixel in height and five pixels in total width

  • Vassilios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "Apple says that its goal with the Lion user interface was to highlight content by de-emphasizing the surrounding user interface elements."

     

    They missed that computers are not iPads and iPhones where indeed the content should be highlighted and "get in front!". With the computers we MAKE, we DEVELOPE the content USING the buttons, options, etc so the toolbars, the icons, etc MUST be as before in SL and not gray as they are now!

    Oh, so much gray, everything is gray: For example WHY the Calendar app has gray numbers (days of month - lower left corner), I simply do not get it! Why we have to double check if an icon is enabled or not?

     

    So not only the icons, but everything is gray!

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,825 points)

    If you want to report this loss of useable functionality to Apple's engineering, send a bug report or an enhancement request via its Bug Reporter system. To do this, register as an Apple Developer—it's free and available for all Mac users and gets you a look at some development software. Since you already have an Apple username/ID, use that. Once a member, go to Apple BugReporter and file your bug report or enhancement request. You'll get a response and a follow-up number; thus, starting a dialog with engineering. Alternatively, send Feedback, but that usually goes through support and marketing, although when it'll get to engineering is anyone's guess.

  • Vassilios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple has been losing it since Lion. Everything is gray! You cannot distinguish between enabled and disabled buttons, etc. The icons on menu bar are gray either way. Apple says that this way the content comes to front but it's not, cos we create the content using all those buttons, we' re not just reading it as we do with iPhones, iPad, etc. Imagine Photoshop having gray all its buttons! wow! So... I don't think that there is a solution for this, except if Apple finds its logic again.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,825 points)

    Lawrence San wrote to the MacInTouch—Mountain Lion: Commentary forum—re:

    "What is with this 'no colour' BS?...stop making all your text, icons, etc...in barely distinguishable shades of grey ...use contrasting colours...not slightly lighter or darker grey on grey..."


     

    [GUIs] are created by designers, and design is a youth-oriented, fashion-focused field. Haven't you noticed all the websites in the last few years that sport columns of light gray type? Adobe is doing the same gray-on-gray routine with its interfaces now. You expect Apple's designers not to get on board the latest craze?


     

    The fact that some older folks have trouble deciphering gray-on-gray is just an added bonus.


     

    If challenged, designers will spout a variety of bogus logic about readability, focus, nonexistent "research studies"... but the reality is that most designers (not the best ones) mindlessly ape the latest fashions. They do it for the same reason teenagers tattoo their butts: to be trendy. You old fogey!

     

    I responded with:

     

     

    The blame goes to the design schools, which burned all the books, ignored the studies, and taught the kiddies to go with their feelings, rather than what works for people who live in a rainbow-colored world and not some drab, gray, postmodern, monochromic universe. The worse of this crapola is the idiotic light colors on black backgrounds, permeating the Internet and now TV. Hardly readable and which contradicts the many studies that have shown best is dark text on light backgrounds. Not a designer, but an eighth-generationer with 20/20 vision, who lives in a colored world, otherwise.

  • DroboSlave Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

     

  • Vassilios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I totally disagree. There is always an efficient/optimized way to implement things and other ways. Gray looks could be implemented by Apple more efficiently. That's all. User interface must always motivated by the ease of use and then by other parameters. Fushion is flexible.

    I haven't noticed anyone complain about photoshop interfaces, but I have noticed a lot of people complaining about Lion gray looks.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,825 points)

    Vassilios wrote:

    I totally disagree.

    Disagree with what? Monochromatic, gray usage by Apple to mimic a black & white world?

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