WordPress users all over the world have commented on how far behind the administrative area has lagged behind the power of the rest of the site. Fortunately, there's been a project underway to bring it up to date. Unfortunately, according to Melvin Rivera, it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Let's be frank here, WordPress rocks, no doubt, but since it's early beginning, the interface design has lagged behind it's technical powers. This is why since December of 2004, Khaled, Michael Heilemann, Joen Asmussen, Chris J Davis, Joshua Sigar and later Bryan Veloso started Shuttle, a collaborative effort to bring design beauty to the WordPress admin interface. Well, it's been almost a year and a half and the Shuttle team finally release their final mockups to the public.
He notes that the screenshots in this post seem somewhat disappointing. He (and loads of other WordPress users) were hoping for something a bit more "slick" and usable instead of just a rehash of the same look and feel with a few bells and whistles. He even links to another plugin that gets a bit closer (Tiger Administration)