Thinking Differently

I’m Abhimat and this is my personal log.

#design

The Panic Office »

Panic’s office is designed just like their software: clever, witty, and full of brilliant little details. I especially love the Super Mario 3-styled hills.

“Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.”

– Jony Ive in Jonathan Ive interview: simplicity isn’t simple

Generosity of Perspective »

Frank Chimero:

This morning, I watched the videos of the iOS 7 interface again, and I saw a bunch of rushed designers unable to stabilize an uneven interface. It’s worth remembering that Ive took over Human Interface only 7 months ago, and they redesigned the whole phone in that time. Straight up: seven months is a ridiculous deadline.

My initial, knee-jerk, reactions about iOS 7 were very harsh on the icons. They seem rough and amateur compared to the seemingly more intuitively and cleverly designed apps that they lead to. That disparity between the icon design and the app design really disappointed me. After reading this piece by Chimero, it seems more appropriate to realize that they may be a product of a tight deadline and likely improved in future builds or releases.

Really, the entire post by Chimero is a fantastic read.

“My basic theory is that in any creative endeavor, the overall quality of the product tends to rise or fall to the level of taste of whoever has ultimate authority – final cut, in film terms.”

– John Gruber in Vesper Review: Collect Your Thoughts

One of the things that’s interesting about design [is that] there’s a danger, particularly in this industry, to focus on product attributes that are easy to talk about. You go back 10 years, and people wanted to talk about product attributes that you could measure with a number. So they would talk about hard drive size, because it was incontrovertible that 10 was a bigger number than 5, and maybe in the case of hard drives that’s a good thing. Or you could talk about price because there’s a number there.

But there are a lot of product attributes that don’t have those sorts of measures. Product attributes that are more emotive and less tangible. But they’re really important. There’s a lot of stuff that’s really important that you can’t distill down to a number. And I think one of the things with design is that when you look at an object you make many many decisions about it, not consciously, and I think one of the jobs of a designer is that you’re very sensitive to trying to understand what goes on between seeing something and filling out your perception of it. You know we all can look at the same object, but we will all perceive it in a very unique way. It means something different to each of us. Part of the job of a designer is to try to understand what happens between physically seeing something and interpreting it.

I think that sort of striving for simplicity is not a style. It’s an approach and a philosophy. I think it’s about authenticity and being honest. Not just taking something crappy and styling the outside in an arbitrary disconnected way.

– Jony Ive