One thing occured to me the other day, are we going towards a future where
we will have less visible widgets and controls in our applications? Seems
many of the controls we pretty much takes for given has little or no use for
atleast more advanced users A good example is google chrome which has much
less chrome than for instance firefox or internet explorer, and I can't say
that I miss my titlebar, or menu.
In order from most useless to more debateable:
The statusbar: Almost completely superflous, indicating state and progress
might be needed but it can be handled more in context (like an icon for a
tab or similar)
Toolbars: Why clutter the screen with features might or might not be useful
for you, if the options are context-based they are better accessed through a
context-menu of the entity in question
Menubars: If we remove all context-based options from the menu all that's
left are things like preferences, exit command like options. They could
either be accessed through a "global" context-menu or a single menu-button
like in office 2007
Scrollbars: Don't we all use mousewheels nowadays? The scrollbar does have
a function in indicating position in current view but maybe that could be
shown more discretly in some other way.
The desktop: I never understood people why fuzz about their desktop, it's
never visible! :) Organizing files on a desktop is generally a bad idea and
launching stuff from the desktop also has better solutions.
The windows taskbar/The Dock: Quicklaunch/launch options are better
replaced by things like quicksilver/launchy. Taskswitching is better done
through expose or something similar rather than the dock/taskbar. The only
useful thing remaining is some state information like clock, network state
The caveat is of course that reducing clutter means hiding stuff, and that
makes interfaces less accessible for beginners. But couldnt one argue that
if it becomes more commonplace with interfaces like that and users make it
past the initial hurdle it should make things much easier for everyone. What
do you guys think?