Mozilla Shows Off New Firefox Design Mockups, Starts Experimenting In Nightly Builds

If you've been unhappy with Firefox's somewhat stagnant design recently, you'll be happy to see that Mozilla is putting a heavy focus on Firefox's interface in upcoming versions. Above is one of the many mockups they're trying out for future versions of Firefox, though they note that they're just that — mockups.

They're still working with a number of ideas, and say some of the mockups they're showing off are already out of date (which is the only thing keeping us from using the words "really Chrome-like" just yet). The current nightly builds are only showing hints of these design experiments, but Mozilla says they're the best way to keep up on the new changes coming to Firefox. Hit the link to see more, or go straight to the nightly build download page to keep track of the changes yourself.

UX Presentation Mockups


    Remind me again why they want Firefox to look identical to Chrome.

    Because Chrome is cutting into their market share. Anyway a lot of those UI elements first appeared in Opera.

    Ugh, why do all the new browsers have tabs running along the top bar? I have a drop-down dock that I have no desire to move, but it drives me crazy whenever I use Chrome because I constantly nudge it with the mouse when switching tabs. Making it look like Chrome is a backwards step, IMHO.

      What are you using, rocketdock? Could always just increase the amount of hovertime required to pop the dock out to avoid accidental nudges, worked for me before I gave up on rocket dock all together; if you have windows 7 you already have a perfectly good dock in the taskbar :)

    Are they seriously planning to get rid of the "forward" button?

      Of course. I think this is a brilliant idea and will cut down on even more clutter. Honestly, who uses the forward button these days really?

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