Hy guys i need your help on an aesthetic problem that i have. I am working on a modular system and i am having problems in deciding which GUI aesthetic is better. The criterion that i want to use for evaluating the GUI aesthetic is based on readability, colors contrasts, simplicity, symmetry,impression trend and module complexity. Based on this i still have problems in deciding which one to use or to redesign everything in a different way. I am looking for criticism and other ideas of GUI design EX: (Microsoft Visual Studio has a great GUI design in my opinion but also many retro DOS software has great GUI design). Thanks a lot.
Here is one module with the same functionality design but different aesthetics based on different ideas. :