Friday, July 1, 2011

Gmail Gets Google+ Themes

While the new (and improved) Google+ look is already visible in lots of Google's Service: from the Calendar to Maps, and even its main search page; lots of users are waiting for it to arrive to other popular services like Google Reader and Gmail.

Well, you can try the new Google+ look in Gmail right now, thanks to two new themes that Google made available.

The themes are similar, one being more dense than the other - but, as far as I am concerned, even the "dense" theme doesn't quite cut it to all those used to having lots of things on screen.

As you can see in the image, in my Gmail, the spacing in the new theme pushes the chat section offscreen - a section that is still plainly visible using the classic theme.

I know that the white space is important, and Google is probably aiming to a less cluttered interface, but... couldn't we have a yet denser Google+/Gmail+ layout?

(There's also the need to improve the contrast in the sections separating the "priority/starred/everything else" emails... or else it all looks the same).

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