[Editorial] Unity is doing it right
Since the beginning of Unity, there were (and still are) various complaints about Ubuntu's adoption of the new shell, complaints oriented towards aspects like "I don't like the change in general", "What about the GNOME 2,x?" and many more, nevertheless, the "big" vocal complaint was related to its overall design, meaning various users across the internets disagreed with how its components are displayed on the desktop.
Related to the visual part of Unity, the main complaints was about the launcher positioned on the left-side of the screen, and moreover "Why can't we put the launcher to the bottom?".
The new fancy kid in social media, Google+, has just adopted a new overall redesigned interface, look that resembles (I doubt that there are Unity users who couldn't perceive "Hey, this looks like ... looks like something familiar ... like ... oh, I know, like Unity) with Ubuntu's Unity.
First common element is the Google+ "launcher" situated on the left-side of the screen filled with vertically aligned icons that are displaying (when hovered over) quicklists with a Unity-ish shape, icons that contain "everything" from where the user manages its Google+ "life" (a small interesting visual detail is the arrow-like part of the quicklist that begins from inside the "launcher", change adopted in the latest 12.04's Unity also).
The Google+ "filters" (when clicked, summons Help, Settings, Get started, etc) is positioned almost in the same position as filters in Unity's Dash, that basically, features alike functionalities (acting or modifying the main displayed items).
Another "common" element is the search field, positioned above the displayed "stuff" but located towards left, just like in the Dash.
So, Google+ copied Unity?
I don't know, probably some degree of inspiration.
The important part is that Google+ adopted (we can't say created when a "thing" priorly exists) a trend in terms of global design, design that we are already used to in Ubuntu, the conclusion is as simple as: bad/inefficient design can't be used by everyone (important "players"), so either Ubuntu is using a proper innovative design or all the best designers (a solid part of them) in the world must change their implementations.
From my point-of-view, good or bad are not qualities of a trend, which is, from my point-of-view, a common pattern adopted by important people who make important things.
- Unity updated in Raring Ringtail with refreshed clockwise Ubuntu logo
- Unity updated in Ubuntu 13.04 with performance improvements and smoother Unity Previews animations
- Ubuntu 13.04's Unity gained interesting checked state for quicklists
- Unity 7.0 landed in Ubuntu 13.04, marks the Raring-specific Unity version
- Ubuntu 13.04's Unity received illuminated icon states for Trash and storage devices