Expression Blend Looks Creepy

Just installed Expression Blend (beta 1) This has to be one of the ugliest IDEs I've seen. It reminds me of wandering through the lobby and halls of the W hotel in Seattle at night! Creepy!
I switched to the Light scheme right away which is marginally better than the dark, monochromatic look.
What's weird is that some MS people think it's "friendlier, easier, more elegant".

If you don't mind, could we just have a "normal" Windows interface option - like in the good ol'  days?
Published Monday, December 4, 2006 7:45 PM by Ken Cox [MVP]
Filed under: ,

Comments

# re: Expression Blend Looks Creepy

Monday, December 4, 2006 10:29 PM by interscape

It looks WAY better than the whitewashed version from before. At least you can see everything now.

# re: Expression Blend Looks Creepy

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 3:46 AM by FransBouma

haha the W hotel, great metaphore! :D

FB, who really wonders who will ever buy this software because it's not included in the MSDN.

# re: Expression Blend Looks Creepy

Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:02 AM by Ken Cox [MVP]

IEUSER, I'll take your word for it that it's "industry practice" to use ugly interfaces. That hasn't been my experience with tools like Fireworks and Photoshop which retain some personality.

# re: Expression Blend Looks Creepy

Monday, August 6, 2007 12:52 PM by Xtek

Ken, I think the point is Blend was made in WPF/C#3/.NET 3.0 itself.  In fact on Channel9 it was stated Blend's itnerface was created in itself as it grew.  I can't say I'm entirely head-over-heals over the interface but it shows that custom interfaces can look pretty decent.  Besides they were really rushed to get Blend out the door.

Leave a Comment

(required) 
(required) 
(optional)
(required)