UI tweaks in OS X Lion

I always love these look at the steps in the evolution of a UI.
iTunes was first to go monochrome, and now Lion is following in its footsteps. Things like the color icons in the sidebar in Finder are now monochrome[.]
Another move to make the interface take a step back and bring user content forward. Giving up color cues almost certainly makes it less usable, so what’s gained? A nicer looking interface that feels simpler because it fades away into the background, presenting you with less information to process.

When Apple changed the system folders to monochrome I found that it did hurt usability, but I'm actually curious if it might be worth the trade off this time. We'll see. Regardless, the care the designers invest is undeniable.

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