Wednesday, May 9

Interesting New Gnome 3 Design Mockups [Videos]

Gnome 3 developer Allan day blogged about some interesting new design concepts for future Gnome 3 releases.

Lock Screen

Lock screen will display the time and updates about notifications (the notifications part will also be configurable).

This motion mockup below demonstrates what should happen once the machine has gone idle.  The screen blanks, is woken up to display the lock screen, then the lock screen is removed and login occurs.

Notifications and the Message Tray

Under the updated designs, pop-up notifications will avoid the mouse pointer and linger around until we are sure they have been noticed. The expanded notifications will also queue up so you can always see when new messages arrive.

Also, message tray indicators will be larger, about 48x48px size.

Improved Printer Settings

Check out mockup for new print dialog that allows quick print preview and simple options.

Initial Setup

Initial setup is a specification for what the user should see the first time they boot into GNOME 3. This should only include a few essential steps:
  • Get onto the network
  • Creating a user account
  • Set the correct timezone / location
  • Set up online accounts
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Improved Software Updates

Software update experience will be made more seamless and intuitive sans much technical details.

Some of these changes may land in upcoming Gnome 3.6 release. What are your views on this?


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