May 07, 2012
Photoshop, Pirates, & The Force
Hmm… What would make for a good list of dark-to-light descriptions?
As he was working on Photoshop CS6’s new dark UI feature, engineer Joe Ault put in bread-based placeholders for the brightness values: Pumpernickel, Dark Rye, Whole Wheat, Sourdough–then solicited suggestions from the team. Steve Guilhamet from QE explains.
The base ground rules were 4 names that reflected the tonal range of the 4 UI options, with consideration for cultural variance and localization (e.g. Pumpernickel in Scandinavia is not thought of as a dark bread). There was a food theme to start but it opened up a bit. We had beer, coffee, tequila, macaroons, rice, cakes, etc. There were moon phases, seasons, rocks.
Steve suggested clouds (Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus, Nimbus– “Because you can’t see ‘Cloud’ used enough these days”), pirate flags (Henry Every, Richard Worley, Stede Bonnet, and John Rackam), and more. My favorite, though, is one he mocked up:
Eventually things died down & the UI ended up with just unnamed color swatches–the right move, I’m sure, but a bit less fun. (Hard to say, though, what would happen if one held down modifier keys while clicking them in the Prefs dialog…)