brighter, flatter, and simpler, really?
No warm welcome here.
The myth of skeuomorphic design to be the end of the world for the aesthetically correct art school graduate and consequently for the rest of us, preceded the introduction of Jony Ive’s break through interface for iOS and OS.
It set the stage for Apple to tout the brighter, flatter, and simpler design as the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone,” while members of the design community denounced the new interface as “ugly,” “childish,” and “inconsistent.”
Even before its introduction just hours ago, users and bloggers have exposed many of the inconstancies and confusion introduced with #ios7.
“I still thought that Apple could have gone flatter,” remarked one user on the MacRumors forums. The same user then posted a refined version of the iOS 7 home screen icons using Apple’s own designs and color palate, but without the gradients.
flat iOS icons Image courtesy of MacRumors user cobbyco
The use of conflicting gradients is the main source of visual disarray in iOS 7, but it isn’t the only one.
It’s effects on other areas of interface design is a concern.
Apple’s once enjoyable movie trailer site now feels more like a Microsoft build.
Finder is less user friendly and more confusing than previous version. Affirmative Buttons to actions like saving files need getting used to.
“Save” and optionally “save as” was easier to handle than the system gradually taking over. “Save as” now requires duplicating the file before you can safe it under a different name.
Address book and Notes were definitely more enjoyable with the now missing skeuomorph design. Calendar is better without.
I really don’t enjoy or take pride in having to list any of this. The operating system should lead to greater generosity instead.
The mind-bending parallax effect built into the homescreen that gives the illusion of three-dimensional depth does in no ways conflict with the otherwise flatter design that could be flatter yet.
What then is good about OSX7?
It’s a much welcomed, even free, maintenance upgrade which runs faster, smoother, and Safari stopped crashing like Explorer used to in the 90′s.
Now consider this!