[tbb-bugs] #25693 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Activity 1.2: Make sure Firefox Photon UI works with our style guidelines

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#25693: Activity 1.2: Make sure Firefox Photon UI works with our style guidelines
 Reporter:  isabela                              |          Owner:
                                                 |  antonela
     Type:  defect                               |         Status:
                                                 |  assigned
 Priority:  Very High                            |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser             |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                               |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  ux-team, ff60-esr,                   |  Actual Points:
  TorBrowserTeam201807                           |
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 Reviewer:                                       |        Sponsor:
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Comment (by arthuredelstein):

 Replying to [comment:24 antonela]:

 Hi Antonela -- thanks for clarifying the Photo UI principles! I'm so
 excited that we are giving Tor Browser a much sleeker look.

 > "I miss my green onions!"
 > "Panicking all the time that my browser has slipped out of TOR."
 > "Can you change the gray onion icon to a colored one? It disappears in
 my peripheral vision *if its the same as everything around it.*"

 I think part of the concern expressed in these comments has to do with
 users' need to quickly visually identify Tor Browser windows. Tor Browser
 looks a lot like other browsers (especially Firefox!). Users who are using
 both Tor Browser (for private browsing) and another browser (for non-
 private browsing) need to know which browser they are using at all times.
 So a strong, colorful visual indicator (like the previous green onion
 button) is very helpful.

 Firefox itself uses a similar visual indicator to distinguish normal
 windows and Private Browsing Windows:


 So it would be good if we had some kind of easy-to-see indicator also,
 even after the onion button is completely removed. I can think of a couple
 of approaches:
 1. An onion in a circle where the Private Browsing mode eyemask icon
 appears in Firefox PB windows.
 2. A Tor-Browser specific theme that would make Tor Browser visually

 We could probably implement the first approach quickly. The second
 approach could be more fun and also provide brand differentiation -- we
 could implement that over the longer term. What do you think?

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/25693#comment:25>
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