Jensen Harris writes:
One challenge that some people have raised against a gallery-based approach to formatting is that “all of the documents are going to look the same.”
And pigs go ‘oink’. Gallery based approaches don’t make all documents look the same, defaults do. On how many blogs can you identify the blogging software just by looking at it? At least half, I’d bet, because people use the default theme. Or how many static webpages do you see that use a built-in FrontPage theme? When’s the last time you got an Excel spreadsheet that didn’t use Arial or a Word document that wasn’t in Times New Roman? It doesn’t happen very often, for me at least.
If anything, I think galleries will create more variety, not less. If there are nine kinds of pie charts in Excel’s pie chart gallery, that will be eight more than most user would use now. I’m not some kind of cheerleader for the new UI or galleries, but that seems like a pretty weak criticism. Let’s focus our complaining on things that really matter: keyboard accessibility. :)