square box with rounded box

The first one is from stackoverflow.com and the second one is from nothingtoinstall.com, when using Google Chrome.

The second one looks really ugly and unprofessional to me. Please stick with the normal rectangular search box. I think it won't even hurt the site design theme.

  • 1
    btw, why does this get a -2?
    – Lazer
    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:10

4 Answers 4


I'm going to disable the outline on focus for the search and add interesting/ignored tags. I do agree having a rectangular outline out a curved input box looks weird. Fix is on the way!


How about just disabling it for the search box instead?


Unless I am mistaken maybe Jin was attempting a portion of the apple spotlight search field and missed out on fixing the focus as follows.

alt text http://www.apple.com/

During public beta design was discussed already. Design Ideas for Web Applications Site (updated with screenshots)

and again on announcement out of public beta and design requests here New Design Launched


I am also using Google Chrome (Version 6.0.472.63). See my result:

Note: I changed the picture. See now.

  • Where is your on hover focus ? I do not see it
    – phwd
    Oct 3, 2010 at 19:38
  • I have removed the outline on focus for webkit.
    – Jin
    Oct 3, 2010 at 19:47
  • @phwd I changed the picture. See now. Oct 4, 2010 at 9:18

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