Here's how to fix the jumbled design of Gmail with a simple Chrome extension
If you're angry about Gmail's jumbled design, are not you alone. Michael Leggett, the lead designer from 2008 to 2012, recently spoke with Fast Company about how annoying it is – and how he created a Chrome extension to fix the problem.
Leggett created Simplify Gmail, a A free Chrome extension that removes all icons on the left and right side of the Home screen. Every chat, folder, tagged email and add-on no longer exists. The Gmail logo at the top of the screen will also be removed. In the end, you have a nice, clear view of your primary inbox – and not much else.
It's a useful approach to e-mail that is definitely not for everyone, but those who have a clean job will love it. I would easily recommend this extension to anyone who breaks through a huge stack of emails.
Leggett has long specialized in helping users browse e-mail. He said Fast Company that Google's insistence on adding other services to Gmail ultimately led to the creation of Inbox, another famous project he ran on Google.
Google killed the inbox earlier this year, to the dread of many dedicated users. Leggett soon decided to make his expansion available to the public. So remember, if you're tired of Gmail's lead designer, you'll be able to take advantage of Gmail's new features by trying to fix it with a Chrome extension.