Two potential improvements for Exposé.

  1. Place application icons behind the label text when Exposé’s All Windows mode is active.
    1. Delicious Library (review forthcoming)
    2. OmniWeb browser window with favicon
    3. A Finder window with a custom folder icon

    A few implementation notes:

    • The application’s icon could of course be displayed in Application Windows mode, but what would be the purpose other than to enforce consistency?
    • I’m tempted to suggest that icons be displayed at their largest possible size, but since 10.4 will support 256×256 icons, I don’t think it is the right way to go because they could cover enough of the window’s content area that it could drastically decrease visual recognizability. Displaying them at a size that is somehow proportional to the size of the label text might be the way to go.
    • I imagine some would want a boolean preference switch to turn off icon display altogether. Whatever floats your boat.
  2. Desaturate windows that have not been chosen after repeated Exposé switching in either Applications or All Windows mode. This would allow the user to focus on a given set of windows or documents without having to minimize those that they want open, but don’t need for the moment.

I’d like a job doing interface design.

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Daniel J. Wilson

I am a designer, drummer, and photographer in Brooklyn, NY.