Designer of the Original Mac Icon Praises iOS 7, Other Critics Chime In

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:52pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10919 views

Susan Kare, the woman who originally designed the Mac icon and thousands of other icons for clients, has given iOS 7 praise. When asked on her thoughts about the new design, Kare responded:

Generally a good direction–am a fan of simple, meaningful symbols that fill a space, such as Music and Weather. It’s better — more iconic, less illustrative.

iOS 7 has been radical change that many seem to love or hate. Noted designer Cap Watkins believes we are missing the bigger picture regarding iOS 7.

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Today, Apple pressed the big reset button on their entire OS and aesthetic. Sure, the functionality is still, largely, there. But they’ve essentially taken the last six years of tweaking, touching-up, honing, and revising and wiped it all away to begin again. To learn again. To hone from a new, unknown place.

For the last couple of years we’ve all complained, jeered and teased our phone-maker-of-choice for not totally revising their UI. For using felt. For using leather stitching. They’re falling behind the times, we said. They need to revolutionize their interface.

And now we’re complaining that this completely revamped, new, version one interface isn’t perfect. Isn’t polished. Isn’t honed. We asked for a revolution and were delivered one which, all complexities considered, amounts to more than any one of our best first launches.

It will get better. It will be honed. They’ll spend the next six years polishing this interface until we’re complaining that it’s not real-looking enough. Not directly-connected-to-our-brains enough. Not whatever enough. And they’ll revolutionize it again. And we’ll complain.
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It seems that the general consensus among critics is that it is indeed a good start/refresh, however more tweaking and changes will be needed. Reportedly, we could see changes in icons before the final release, which seems to be the biggest area of complaints among users.

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(CapWatkins Blog)

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rajaspidey - June 14, 2013 at 4:43pm
i loved the felt & leather stitches but this is also awesome except for iocns & lock screen camera icon . also the location, when i swipe for camera control centre comes up
ViolentA79 - June 14, 2013 at 3:22pm
I, for one, love it so far.
Thoune - June 14, 2013 at 12:38am
No one was complaining the old icon version/interface; why it is needed to change into the new one.
Curtix - June 13, 2013 at 8:35pm
This is exactly what I said apple would eventually do over two years ago. It's not about design or icons or color or any of the other half assed measures that Apple is taking. iOS needed and needs a completely new implementation of file handling. It needs a launcher. A way for users to take external content, files ect... And choose what they want to do with it. That is what the iPhone has always been missing. Years ago I predicted that right about now Apple would completely redesign iOS, completely missing that key point. And, that is exactly what they are doing. Yes, users have been crying out for a complete redesign of iOS. And that's as much as Apple has listened. What exactly users want them to change about iOS??? They haven't a clue. I predict a short and meager growth in stock prices leading to and immediately following release, followed by a long and steady devaluation nearly exactly like last year.
Perry - June 13, 2013 at 7:00pm
For me, it's not just about the icons, it's more about the overall increased difficulty to operate the phone due to the visual aspect of the new OS. Skinny font with less contrasting colors is a poor idea, and will be terrible in brighter lighting situations. It is now impossible to read the time/date/slide graphic on the lock screen if your background picture has any light colors in it. Overall, extremely unattractive interface, and a waste of one of the best resolution screens in the business.
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