Originally Posted by asdasd
There's just way more nonsensical criticism of Apple here than there is nonsensical faith. You'll therefore see me reply to the former more than the latter.
I really think they ought to kick up the drop shadows in iOS 7. Maybe not to 6 levels, but more than now. I'm sort of confused why iOS 7 slimmed down its font and OS X has bolded it. Compare filenames between 10.8 and 10.9; they're a lot bolder! No clue why; it was fine the way it is...
It's Apple, after all. Remember they used to argue over single pixels? As long as that is still happening, they'll make a quality product. Speaking somewhat on that, the icons are all done around a single theme now. That's all well and good, as it creates a sense of unity, but followed too strictly the UI will become "cookie cutter". I don't know that this is the case; I'm just saying. There's a balance Apple has to hit, but lately they've been treating it more like a pendulum than they should.
If they believe it swung too far one way (skeuomorphism), the danger is in letting it swing too far back the other (zero actual design to the UI). Making a calendar look like a physical desktop calendar is
great. Making its design so puffy and garish it looks as though it could stick out of the screen is not. It's said that Calendar (Find My Friends) took its design from Steve's private jet, which is visibly apparent. Now, I'm not really sure why Steve LIKED that jet's upholstery in the first place, but that's a whole different issue.
Something like this would have been "a bit much".
But something like this for the top bar and border, well... is more tasteful. You can still see that it's going for the "leather calendar" analogue, but it's not completely and utterly devoid of design.
I think that if Calendar in OS X (and iOS, if it doesn't have it already) would be even better if they gave it that nice little mottled white background they've given to text input fields in iOS. Then you'd have the clean, stripped down interface already created, but with some heart to it–with a tie to the physical analogue so that it becomes more than just a blank screen.Edited by Tallest Skil - 6/25/13 at 12:28pm