This isn’t Ready!
Following designs are tentative art, far from a completed solution. There is a good chance to change, postponed for future releases or even completely dropped. In any case you shouldn’t consider these as final!
gEdit Latest Designs
This is basically round 2 of gEdit designs for Gnome 3; The first designs was about a year ago and have been dropped. This time things seems more “stable” as gEdit shares the same design approach with Files and other new Gnome 3 Apps.
However a refresh-ed gEdit will come -if come- in version 3.10 (October, 2013), so there is a lot of time ahead for changes :)
I think the figure is quite explainable about what is happening. Personally as I make heavy use of gEdit, I like these changes and although I have memorized all the currents menus, I believe the above structure gives a more clear view and an easier access to gEdit configuration and options.
Keep on mind that these are far from final and might never happen. -My lucky guess is that in 3.10 will see a new gEdit.
Before this happen is necessary for gEdit to be ported in GTKApplication [bug #674980] which is one of the big goals of Gnome in order to deliver a coherent and contextual look to the whole system. If everything goes according to schedule, gEdit port will be ready in 3.8 (March) and a fresh gEdit will arrive in Gnome 3.10 (next October).
Design by Lapo Calamandrei
Just a recently added (few hours ago) mockup for a cleaner look in Avatars in Notification Panel. I just randomly found it and attached it :)
There are many new Contributors in Gnome Design, if you want also to help ..here you go!