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      1209 comments  ·  Visual Studio » User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Updated Status: 7/2/2013

      Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has increased color and contrast use within the user interface while continuing to focus on giving the content you are creating and editing visual prominence. We’ve utilized the feedback you gave us to help refine our approach to color and contrast within three main areas: 1) we added color to icons and reduced line weights to improve icon scan-ability and to better communicate icon meaning and categorization; 2) we added line work and raised contrast levels to increase visual separation between screen regions; 3) we included a built-in “Blue” theme option at product first launch to better support user choice.

      In keeping with these three areas we have made many changes to the Visual Studio 2013 built-in themes. In high utilization and icon intensive areas of the product, such as common toolbar actions and…

      Axel CharpentierAxel Charpentier commented  ·   ·  Delete…

      I don't understand what led MS to design this UI, consistency with MS UX Guidelines for win8 ?
      Well there is no consistency between users. An Win8 RT on surface user does not expect the same UI the a Software architect or a developer!!

      I am paid to use visual studio a build nice app, VS2012 makes my productivity fall dramatically. I am loosing time (and my company money) searching the right icon… we have lost all our marks and getting them back is a pain with this UI

      It is not a question of taste, it a question of usabaility/accessibility and productivity.
      For the first time in my career and as a head of architecture in my company, I'll not push for upgrading our dev tool …. because of an UI issue….absurde

      And the worth thing is this UI issue is likely to discourage people to use all new cool features of VS2012…

      Axel CharpentierAxel Charpentier gave this 3 votes  · 
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          130 comments  ·  Visual Studio » User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has added color in several broad reaching icon categories. We classified the icons we focused on into three sets: icons which represent common actions, icons which indicate code hierarchy, and icons that provide some kind of notification. By utilizing a systematic and broadly applicable approach to color use we are better able to effectively convey critical meaning or affiliation through color, to attract attention through color, and to improve scan-ability through color. This approach translates into color being applied to ~80% of standard toolbar and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications.

          Based upon the design goals outlined above and design decisions reflected in the existing scheme for each of the core icon sets we will continue to apply and extend our approach to icon colorization as we move forward. As…

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