So, I'm not a huge fan of Google's recent feats of web design. In particular, in Reader, they took one of the best webapps around and made it basically unusable. But that's a story for another rant-y blog post. Today I'd like to talk about creating a filter in GMail.
This used to be quite simple; there was a link for it. Now… Well, I'll let you guess from the image (and what you need to do it is in this image):
What's that arrow beside the search box for? Why, it must be a combo box! How very retro! Remember combo boxes? Sadly, they never really joined us in earnest in the 21st century, and certainly they haven't made it into this decade:
Well, no, actually, it is not a combo box. It is, er, this:
Yes, when you click it, you get a sort of drop-down pseudo-modal form. I propose that we call this fabulous new user interface paradigm 'the Google', and use it everywhere. Or possibly just call for an international moratorium on it.