The overall aesthetic is black and sharply rectangular. Most text is either all-caps or all-lowercase — often right next to each other, which to me is jarring. To Microsoft’s credit, it’s a distinctive and original look.
Update: Several readers emailed to point out a recurring DF issue evident in these screenshots: the use of a floppy disk icon on “save” buttons. Every time I mention this issue, I get email from other readers asking what, if not a floppy disk, I’d suggest using to mean “save”. How about just spelling it out: S-a-v-e? I can’t think of a single floppy-disk-for-save button anywhere in Mac OS X or iPhone OS, and yet somehow we manage just fine.
★ Tuesday, 11 May 2010