Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SC2 - Patch 1.5 == Fucking ugly UI

New User Interface in Starcraft 2. Horrible UI design. Looks like a 10 year old designed it.

To fully appreciate the difference in UI designs, you'll need to view the full-screen image of each screenshot. Some web browsers don't render the screenshots in full screen mode, like Firefox. For Firefox users, after clicking on the thumbnail of the screenshots below to get to the enlarged version, you'll need to right click on the image and select "View Image", then click on the magnifying glass.


1. The profile summary screen.

Sharp edges give a clunky feel. New UI looks and feels very mechanical and old-fashioned, like a programmer who's been told to design a UI did it. The old UI has a softer, curvy, more high-tech look-and-feel to it.

New UI
Old UI


2. The Achievements screen.

What the fuck are the tool (spanner) icons doing below each achievement picture? They look out of place and incongruent with the rest of the UI. Just make the achievement icons clickable for fucks sake.

New UI
Old UI


3. The quick match screen.

Terran, Zerg and Protoss race pics look like a cut and paste job of 2D-art off the internet. Poor color contrast between Terran/Zerg/Protoss/Random logo and their corresponding background pictures. What happened to the cinematic backgrounds for each race?

New UI
Old UI

4 comments:

Martin Minkus said...

Absolutely agree man. The old SC2 UI was incredibly sexy, the new UI is a fucking ugly disaster.

First bliz kills Wow. Then they release a steaming pile of turds (D3), and now they destroy SC2.

WHY DOES BLIZZARD HAVE TO FUCK UP EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH. THEY NEED TO LEAVE SHIT ALONE.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you bro, first the update screwed me and scream at me saying "authorized language pack from blizzard entertainment to use this language", and blizzard solution was telling people to go manually edit some text file in some obscure location to get a FIX, wtf, why don't blizzard go fix the patch in the first place.

and when I logged in and play protos, and the shittiest cool down animation for the warpgate is there, seriously... wtf are blizzard doing these days?

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

i googled 'sc2 ugly 1.5 interface' and here i am.