I’m not feeling Personas one bit. The look and feel of the "Personas" is lame and doesn’t cut it for me, so I’m not going to link to it. The overall style execution makes Personas look like poorly made themes. What is Personas for Firefox?
Personas is a prototype that builds upon the ideas that:
- themes today are too hard to find, install and use
- graphic designers should be able to style the browser without having to code
- browsers can be more than just desktop software, they can include online components
- people just want their computer to be a little more fun and personal
This version improves upon a prototype that was discussed and tested earlier this year.
In this version, the Persona selector is dynamically loaded and populated from a JSON feed and all designs are loaded via URLs to remote resources. All changes to the browser chrome are applied instantly, with no need to restart.
So basically, they’re web themes that allow you to switch themes quickly. The execution is carried out too poorly. Maybe there’ll be improvements later. Someone give me something to blog about!
[UPDATE] One of my favorite bloggers, Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb (RWW), has blogged about Personas launch also, with a similar experience to my own. I wonder if Scoble has anything to say about it.