Over the past couple months, anytime we want to make a GUI prettier and more functional, you'll hear someone say "Vanderzand it!".  The phrase was coined in honor of Jive's first dedicated web designer/developer (with the unique last name of Vanderzanden). You'll find the latest Vanderzanding below -- a "before" picture of the Wildfire 3.0 setup tool and an "after" shot of the upcoming Wildfire 3.1 setup tool.


<a class="tt-flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50884898@N00/209075750/"><img width="240" height="134" border="0" alt="before" src="http://static.flickr.com/84/209075750_27cba50842_m.jpg" /></a>


<a class="tt-flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50884898@N00/209075751/"><img width="240" height="139" border="0" alt="after" src="http://static.flickr.com/87/209075751_c770910dbc_m.jpg" /></a>

A good-looking user interface has intrinsic value. It forms the first impression of an application -- before they determine the depth of features or stability, users form an opinion based on looks. The UI also plays a long-term role since users want to keep coming back to apps that are both beautiful and functional.


Look out for a lot more Vanderzanding in Wildfire in the near future.