Chrome 50 for desktop saw one of the its biggest revamp in 4 years. This project that spanned across an entire year and for which I was the visual lead consisted in redesigning Chrome core UI from the ground up for all desktop platforms. Starting with Chrome OS, we entirely rethought the way Chrome is implemented, starting by removing any type of bitmap assets such as .png to entirely render it programmatically, which removed a total of ~1200 pngs. Chrome should now scale way better across PPIs, including on Windows when it will be deployed.
In addition, we brought Material motion to the core UI with complex morphing ripples and bubbles burst on the icons. We also created two different layout: One mouse optimized layout and a more spaced-out one that we are calling "hybrid", which will be deployed by default on touch-enabled Chromebooks. The goal of the layout is to enable better touchability without comprimising layout density and productivity.
Also new with Chrome, we introduced a fully re-themed Incognito mode, sporting a beautiful black layout from the tabs to the toolbar and even the NTP and omnibox dropdown.
The Chrome normal layout is the default Chrome UI we've known over the years. Optimized for mouse-only input, it is currently deployed on all desktop platforms. Starting with non-touchscreen Chromebooks, the new Chrome Material version will bring a complete visual refresh to this layout.
Coming with this redesign, the "Hybrid" layout which aims at Hybrid devices such as convertibles and touch-screen enabled computers enables better touchability while compromising as little as possible on productivity. This layout will be deployed first by default on touchscreen Chromebooks only.
Compoents that you can find in both Normal and Hybrid mode. Beside spacing, everything is shared between the two versions, including iconography and motion.