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Gmail, Simplified

mail application icon on a smartphone screen

Google’s former lead designer released a Chrome extension that will make your Gmail look cleaner. Michael Leggett worked at Google from 2008 to 2015 but he just released the Simplify Gmail Extension this year -talk about shade.

Long story short, the extension makes your inbox look cleaner and minimal. He removed the Gmail logo, the left and right sidebars are hidden in menus and the annoying colors of promotions are updated are nowhere to be seen.

In an interview with Fast Company, Leggett said that he’s “been writing Chrome extensions for years to simplify the apps I use but have only ever shared them with friends. With the unfortunate demise of Google Inbox, I wanted to bring the simplified email experience to Gmail.”

In general, I am so here for this change, but there’s one little detail I still don’t wrap my head around: how difficult it is to find the Google Drive button? And even with that, I still love Simplify and will definitely make all my coworkers try it.


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