Google has the penchant for being understated – just take a look at their search engine and you’ll know what I mean, although recently, Google has also added a menu bar at the top with sprinklings of their corporate colors. As for Gmail, some have dubbed it to be the ugliest mail client they have ever encountered, although minimalists loved every single bit of it. Well, it seems that Google has taken a closer look at their Gmail service and decided it is in need of a visual revamp, hence rolling out design changes to match the much more modern Google+ look, following the footsteps of Google Search and Google Calendar. To know what the Gmail team has to say, read on after the jump.
If you poke around you’ll hopefully find a lot to like and a much cleaner, modern look but also few rough edges. In particular, some Labs features may look a little strange in the new themes. We plan to fix these issues as we roll out changes in the coming months. You can also expect some updated themes that embody the same design principles but are better suited to working in a dark environment, use a different color palette, or include the illustrations that we know many of you love to see around your inbox.
What is your take on the Gmail revamp? Does it suit your tastes, or do you prefer the older version? The new design can be accessed by previewing it at Themes, where under Settings you choose Preview or Preview (Dense).