I’m afraid it’s me again!
I’ve been mulling over menu titles. I spend a lot of time looking at these because my main apps have them.
So, to sum up: I know from @c-lobrano that it isn’t yet possible to fuse menu bar with window heading, because Mutter doesn’t support it. And I also know that the design team weren’t in favour of light menu titles.
In that case, for the menu titles, I think simply tweaking the shade of dark grey would be an improvement. Currently, I think there are two oddities:
The shade of grey used is very close to the in-focus window heading, but not identical. To my eye, it’s in the “uncanny valley”. It’s too close to make a pleasing contrast, but not close enough to make a pleasing match.
We have three different shades of grey involved (in-focus window heading, out-of-focus window heading, menu titles). I think this could be made slightly more elegant?
So, here’s my new suggestion: for the menu titles, use the same shade of grey as the out-of-focus window heading.
This is a very subtle change but I think it’s an improvement. It means the window heading and menu titles will either match completely (if the window is out of focus) or be a bit more different to each other, and make a more pleasing contrast (when the window is in focus). It also means we only have two shades of grey in play.
Here are mockups to show the proposal.
In focus, not maximised:
In focus, maximised:
Out of focus:
Illustration of the contrast (View, Layer and Object have the proposed background colour, whereas Path, Text and Filters have the current background colour):
Just a suggestion as always, feel free to discount. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!