[vlc-devel] Rethinking the Mac OS X GUI

Dominic Spitaler dominic.spitaler at gmail.com
Wed May 27 13:59:50 CEST 2009

Due to my work on the new VLC document icons, I've licked blood,
and would like to contribute a bit more to the VLC project.

Let me just quickly introduce myself.
My name is Dominic Spitaler, I'm 17 years old and from Austria.
I am a graphic design & multimedia student visiting “die graphische”  
in Vienna.

During the summer I'd like to rethink and redesign the GUI for VLC  
media player
on Mac OS X, as I believe that VLC is technologically probably the  
best player
out there, but the user interface trigs me (and a lot of other mac  
users) to use it,
and instead switch over to quicktime, which has a (in my believe)  
better GUI.

I'm really interested in usability, interaction and user interface  
for three years mac user and have a passion for beautiful icons & UI's.
I have some experience in developing Windows applications and am  
learning Cocoa, as my main OS has been Mac OS X for three years.

I'd work together with a friend and colleague of mine.

I think some main issues we'll try to fix in VLC will be:

	- Redesign & rethink the GUI to be easier to use, to learn and more  

	- Update the visual appearance
		- to fix inconsistencies like different VLC icons all over the UI  
(Preferences, About)
		- to be visually pleasing
		- for 10.5 Leopard (respectively Snow Leopard)

	- Make sure, the VLC interface follows the Apple Human Interface  

	- Maybe change some default settings (f.E a better subtitle font,…)

I hope our work would be appreciated,


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