I Think We Can All Agree This Is Better Than Apple’s iOS 7 Redesign, Right?

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Apple, Gadgets, GT, IOS
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Lisa Frank. Dayglo Barbie. Rainbow unicorn. Fisher
Price. A mess, trouble, confusing. Marketing
department. What are, “words used to describe the iOS 7 redesign,” Alex? Now that the Apple keynote beer goggles have worn off, the polarizing makeover
of Apple’s iOS 7 operating system is starting to sink
in. Surely, this is not it? This is not done, right? Given its “beta” label – which Apple actually uses
correctly – there’s a good chance that many of our
quibbles with the disjointed OS will be fixed by the
time of its public release later this fall. But one of the
most upsetting things about the makeover is
unfortunately one of the most visible: the icons. They’re inconsistent, they seem rushed, and in some
cases, they’re just downright ugly. Apple has billions of dollars in cash just sitting
around, and it couldn’t buy itself a set of nice-looking
icons? And don’t give me that “they only had eight months”
crap. I know plenty of people who would forgo eating,
sleeping and sunlight for less than even a single billion to pump out better icons than this in that same time frame. Well, Apple’s misstep is Dribbble.com’s gain. The
online community for designers is having a moment
as its users try to fix all Apple’s mistakes. And some
of these third-party makeovers are actually quite
good, too. Above: Apple’s version is on the right. One, in fact, is now becoming one of the most-viewed
images on the site. Ever. The iOS 7 redesign here,
created by 20-year old UI/UX designer Leo Drapeau
has, as of today, reached over 97,000 views. Drapeau, who’s currently living in Paris and is
pursuing his Bachelor’s in Web Design at a school
called EEMI, says he made his version of the
redesign in a few hours. “I was following the WWDC keynote, and I was really
excited about the overall UX and UI changes and
evolutions in iOS 7, but the icons of the homescreen
bugged me,” he explains. “So, I just wanted to refined
them a little, to make them cleaner and more
harmonized, but not to reinvent the whole design.” Drapeau downplays his work, humbly adding, “there’s
really nothing revolutionary about this post. I think it
just got popular because it was one of the first
redesigns on the site.” However, Dribbble.com’s co-
founder Rich Thornett tells us that Drapeau’s image
here is the second-most viewed attachment the Dribbble.com website has ever had.
Meanwhile, another in the set is currently the third-
most viewed shot ever, and just a couple hundred
views from reaching #2. The student designer’s work has clearly struck a
chord. The set of iOS 7 images now has ten pages
and hundreds of comments, most of them positive
and some offering tips as to how the design could be
improved a bit further with minor tweaks. Overheard at TechCrunch while clicking through
Drapeau’s work: “I didn’t realize how much I missed
the drop shadows.” And on Dribble.com: “nice,” “better,” “bravo,” and
“perfect!” Drapeau says he’s been making little updates based
on some of the remarks – for example, with the third
version of the redesign, he modified the Compass
icon entirely, bringing it closer to the real one. Since then, he has also uploaded a final update, with
all the previous changes and other improvements to
the Clock, Stock, Compass, and Mail icons, and also
added a Dark mode and Light mode, depending on the
wallpaper you use. (You can see an earlier version of the design above,
and the newer one with the more Apple-like Compass
beneath it). Since the post, Drapeau says he’s received several
work inquiries, mainly from individuals and startups,
both French and American, as well as internships and
job offers from bigger companies. But he’s continuing
with his schooling and side projects for now. iOS 7 isn’t all bad by any means, though it has a
number of issues to address between the beta and
the release. Many of those are under-the-hood
changes, however, or less obvious quirks like the
confusing lockscreen arrow or that you have to swipe
emails right to left to delete, for example. But the homescreen icons – the imagery that everyone can
relate to, designer or not – should have been given
more attention before being trotted out on stage as
the next big thing.

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