April 17, 2013

Ubuntu button tweaked, gets all swirly

The Ubuntu button in 13.04 has received a last minute change: the background swirl now spins in a clockwise direction.

Why the Change?

We don’t need to go too far back in history to answer the latter question, just to yesterday when a bug report was filed by Matthieu James, Ubuntu’s icon maker.

In the issue he cites a mail forwarded to him by Mark Shuttleworth in which a user argues that the button background swirl should spin clockwise, as there are cultural and historical dispositions favouring this procession.

Whether it makes sense to us today is moot; the fact is that the vast majority of us are socialised to believe that clockwise = moving forward and moving forward = good. It sits within in us at a subconscious level, handed down to us from ancient times when the movement of the sun in the sky ( ‘east’ to ‘west’) was revered as important, life-giving and divine.

Whether it is a swirly icon or just a plain one, it really doesn't matter what kind of design Ubuntu adopts for it's button as long as it works and doesn't hinder the overall aesthetic presentation of the graphical user interface.

[via OMG! Ubuntu!]