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