Ray here, from the Firefox Desktop Product team excited to engage with you :). If you get a chance, we encourage you to check out the new Colorways collection in the Fx106 release version. Each Colorway was carefully created in an external partnership with former sneaker designer, Keely Lascio, and portray their own individual stories, imagery and characteristics. Give them all a try and find a color that matches your personality!
If you’re curious to read more about this feature please check out this article!
As we work to make this feature better for you, we’d like to welcome any and all feedback.
P.S. be sure to have your favorite Colorway enabled on the collection expiration date in order to keep it with you!
Thank you in advance for your participation! We look forward to hearing from you.
This is so stupid. I don't understand it one bit. None of it.
This "activist" inspirational talk about how "culture" and blah blah blah what the heck am I reading here? This is asinine and childish. Has firefox marketing been taken over by first-year college students? I don't understand.
Never mind the incomprehensible copy writing that sounds like a Tik Tok influencer wrote it -- what is the actual functionality here? Some color schemes? That are time constrained??
Newsflash, I've been able to customize the colors of my browser since Netscape Navigator -- only back then this basic functionality wasn't presented to me as "activism" and it wasn't taken away from me after some arbitrary deadline.
What is the point of all this? Firefox is really losing the plot, and it is sad.
This isn't it chief.
I would recommend adding a way to disable Colorways right from the Firefox view tab — took me a while to figure out how to get rid of it.
A great addition to Firefox would be grouped tabs (just like Chrome). It's the one major difference between the two browsers that is the decisive factor for many prospective users.
My favorite one by far is the System Theme, i.e., turning the colors off.
There's a few reasons for that:
So, what would I like to see in the future for Colorways? For them to go away. Permanently. Forever. And just make better themes if you want to provide official ones. The idea of having a bunch of primary-color-centric official themes isn't bad, but please don't duplicate your own functionality for no reason other than to confuse users and add more places where to add bugs.
Mozilla is involved with real social justice and online freedom efforts (like with the EFF), and I am happy to support and even donate. But this vacuous "Independent Voices" speak, and the ludicrous suggestion that changing UI colors is somehow participating in social justice, is the worst kind of pseudo-woke marketing. Please do not insult your community with craven fake activism. If I wanted to read such tortured language as these theme descriptions, I could go find some Chevron ad copy. Instead, just remind us of the actually meaningful legal work Mozilla is already doing!
I shudder to wonder if the next update will offer me a unique opportunity to engage with a synergistic conceptualization of interconnected sustainable inclusivity, for a limited time, by changing my application icon.
Who came up with this idea? Is this really what users need? This, Firefox View, complete removal of legacy printing options. Firefox is going down the drain. FF was always about choice but recently it feels like Mozilla is shoving these 'useful' and 'great' changes down our throats with no option to disable it.
Artificially restricting things as simple as colors and only providing them for limited amounts of times would be offensive to any group. But to open source users, especially? This is probably the single stupidest implementation I could imagine. Open source users like having control over their software. We do not like having things taken away for no reason.
Colorways are an incredibly poor implementation of themes to begin with, but this new marketing scheme is outright disgusting. It's just further proof that Mozilla cares more about advertising than they do their actual users.
I had something urgent come up that I needed to use the browser for, and I had updated my packages since the last time I used my browser, and I had to click through like five screens, where each element popped in at a leisurely pace, one after the other, before the button to go to the next screen came, with no exit button or any way of using the browser immediately after opening it. Wonderful.
Nothing better than being forced to sit through marketing material while in a rush to use your software. Hey Mozilla, mobile ads on crappy pay to win games are not good places to take UX inspiration from!
"Independent Voices’ are the voices of the past and present that create a better future..." Are you kidding me? This is laughably cringe worthy. Just announce a new colour-picking feature and be done with it. Independent Voices is really, really lame. It felt like a joke reading the write-up about it. "Color can change culture. The latest colorways celebrate voices making the world a better place." Give me a break. My eyes can not roll any harder.
I picked a new colorway, YAY! Now how do I get rid of it?
If you love working in dakmode, but the bright bold color options that FireFox just launched as various colorways are too bright/distracting, you are probably in the same boat as me...struggling to find the undo/back button.
I wouldn't mind a gradient hue of these bold colors that blend nicely with the dark background of the "bold" option, but as it stands now, these new colorways (specifically in bold mode) are somewhat annoying.
I really don't like how this had to be some modal that I had to figure out how to get rid of before getting back to using my browser. It's weird 'get in the way of you trying to actually use the product' UX decisions like these that made me dislike IE years ago, so not too happy about seeing them in Firefox now.
Please please please get rid of this thing or at the very least make it OPTIONAL to have it. I changed TO Firefox because Chrome became too intrusive by changing settings disguised as "improvements." Please, do not make me change to another browser.
In case this is not clear, no I am not "loving Firefox" at the moment.
Colorways is an optional feature. If you need to disable a Colorway or select a new theme:
More info here in this article. Hope it helps!
To answer your questions:
I finally update Firefox and regret it a great deal. First, the ridiculous colors. And the rest of the ridiculous changes that are do not help functionality and distract from what I see as the real purpose of Firefox: to be a great and well-functioning BROWSER. I fear that Firefox will go the way of many other programs, apps, browsers that were absolutely fine until ridiculous changes were made. Please keep the desktop/laptop version of Firefox an actual computer brower and don't turn it into an app like some programs have done. Stop trying to fix things that are not broken. Or at least make it simple for us to figure out how to keep the original classic look and function. I am not happy with this update at all. Just keep things secure and functional. That is all that matters.