I am have been a beta tester of Windows since DOS. I love it. I love the feeling that this code is fresh, right out of the oven. These days, I am on the Insider Program – Slow Ring. Today, it asked me to install Windows 11. First, my bottom line reaction.
To be clear, I hated, loathed, the Windows 10 graphic design. It sucked. Metro was nonsense. Look at these Windows 10 form elements:
Total flatness, no transparency, no rounded corners, no color in the icons….come on, man! This is terrible.
But Glen, isn’t graphic design subjective?”Adolf Hitler, Artist
No. No, it is not subjective. Graphic design (or any kind of design) is not just random choices. There are rules like composition, color theory, balance, space, and psychology involved in how we perceive beauty. To the untrained, it might seem like it’s all the same and some designers just get lucky. To professionals, they understand that design can inspire people to love your product or service.
Take a look at these new Windows 11 screens
Look at those shadows. Look at the rounded corners! OMG, there is a gradient and some glass effect in there. This reminds me of the Super DIV. I wrote that in 2008 and I mentioned it had been asked for since 1995. This is it right here. This is nice graphic design!
It actually was very fast. The whole upgrade took under 15 minutes. I was really surprised. Nothing went wrong, no prompting. Just upgraded.
I especially appreciated this upgrade now that I am hiring a designer with a graphics focus. I need to see nice designs to know that good things can happen.
It has a few things. I don’t think I care yet. Like a “Widgets” thing.]
It’s fine, I just don’t need it.
I think this is the best looking Windows UI ever, by far. It’s nicer than MacOS. It’s nicer than Linux. I still have complaints about performance, especially in Figma, but for aesthetics, this is top notch. I haven’t been this excited since Windows XP.