We’ve followed Apple’s WWDC and have taken a closer look at the new version of their popular OS for mobile devices; iOS7. Here’s a closer look at the new icons from IOS7.
The opinion of four professional icon designers
Update (June 12th, 2013): We started this post without giving our opinion about the new icons and let the discussion live in the comments and on Twitter. We have reached out to some of the best icon designers around to hear their thoughts:
“I don’t think most icons are all that fundamentally different, just a different veneer applied. I know there’s been some criticism around the icons. I think this is a whole new aesthetic for Apple and it may just take some time for them to find their own unique approach towards this style. What caught me off guard the most however was that the icons in OS X Mavericks doesn’t seem to have the same style. It strikes me as very odd that a company so focused on a unified experience would have aesthetics, which in many ways are diametrically opposed to each other. That was the most glaring issue for me.”
“After the first look, I was shocked. I’m known to be a big fan of flat minimalistic & colorful design, but some of the icons are really just a joke (e.g. Safari and Settings). The new UI in general, will be very polarizing. Maybe it would be better to make rather few smaller steps than this radical jump away from skeuomorphism.”
“Did the Apple designers have an LSD flashback? It’s a chaos of ultra bright, shouting colors and bubble-rounded icons. It looks childish, and the colors are so vivid that each icon cries for attention, giving a blurred “rainbow” effect. It’s difficult to identify each icon in this candy store.
For the first time, Apple seems to be following the trend instead of inspiring others.
A true failure … but it’s still in beta, right? Let’s wait and see the next iteration.”
“I spent a good portion of the day mulling over the new iOS7 icons, trying to sort out my thoughts and feelings about them. Yes, feelings. Design is as much about intuition and emotion as it is logic and strategy. The complete disunity of the icons surprises me the most. There is no stylistic consistency and an overall lack of commitment to any particular design philosophy. They look rather amateurish, to be perfectly honest. The colors are also confusing. There are bright spots, however. The icons in the Weather app preview look really good and work well with the typography. Overall the entire design just feels “unintentional” for lack of a better word. It’s puzzling, shocking, and disappointing.”
What do you think about the new iOS7 icons?
You can find all the iOS7 icons on Iconfinder here.