There are several things in the new gmail UI that I like but several that leave me scratching my head; see image (click to expand). Mainly, the switch from text buttons to icons. Can you tell effortessly which icon is archive and spam and move? I can’t. I suppose translation is then some extra work but it was already in place.
Also note how the back button and reply button are basically the same.
I wouldn’t blame a programmer for these — I’d likely get them wrong myself, but a company of Google’s size can have some human interface gurus.
One thing they have always gotten right is keeping the UIs clean and without much adornment.
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