A walk down Firefox memory lane
The Principal Designer of Firefox, Alex Faaborg, the man behind almost every icon, button, and visual flourish in Firefox 3, 4, and beyond, is leaving Mozilla. Before departing, though, he has treated us to a list of his proudest UX achievements — including the Awesome Bar and the new Firefox logo — and also his department’s weirdest and most wonderful failures. Have you ever heard of the fluffy pie menu, or the stealth theme for private browsing? I thought not.
Let’s dive straight in with Faaborg’s most prominent work.
The Firefox logo refresh
You might not have noticed, but between Firefox 3.0 (above left) and 3.5 (above right) a new logo was thrashed out and designed. It’s fundamentally the same beast — the same color palette, the same fox — it’s just… more Firefoxy.