I’ve been reading about Gnome 3.0 lately and I’ve run across some interesting links.
I thought the lazuli mockups looked quite nice. One problem I see in Gnome is that many programs feel quite heavy — e.g., I use evolution only for its calendar, and it seems like an awful lot of UI for something that is conceptually much less important. Programs should have a UI presence about equal to their general importance in my daily life; I only “calendar” occasionally. So, my calendar ought to be invisible most of the time (evo does this well), and quite minimal when I do pull it up (evo fails here). The lazuli screenshots seem to capture this idea pretty well.
This site is sort of a bumptop-y thing written in flash. It is pretty fun to play with. If you click on one link in this post, click on this one.
Gimmie looks pretty cool.
I’m including a link to the Mozilla desktop only because it exists. Mostly I think focusing on the implementation technology is a mistake. Users don’t care — I know I sure don’t. Working on multiple platforms is nice, too, and I can see how that would be useful, but doesn’t fit into my reality.
On the calendaring front, wuja looks like an interesting idea. I’m not a huge fan of web-only software; wuja bridges the gap in a nice way.