Dont you find the iOS5 notification system graphics hideous??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ironsienna, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. ironsienna, Jun 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011

    ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    I really like the stripy background on the folders or on the various apps like pages and ibooks. It is subtle and it has a kinda warm feeling.

    But now that they tried to use it as the main background of the notification system, I think it looks completely tacky.


    They have overlaid with photoshop a white gradient on top to make it look less homogenous but at the same time, this difference of light (bright on top and dark on bottom) along with the little lines and the increased contrast makes it look utterly dirty.

    And the fact that the notifications are displayed with tiny white text and without their own background in front of this messy thing makes the whole design concept completely un-Apple and amateurish.

    And ok, lets say that they are using this specific background because they try to provide a more organic feeling to the overall UI. Why all these semi transparent bits (especially at the title of each app) and the COMPLETELY transparent background in each notification..! I really question the skills of the graphics designer that took the decision to display text with thin fonts in front of a high contrast and varied in light background. Where did the taste of the Apple GUI designers go? What are they thinking?

    In the end it looks like a cheap immitation of the great design from Teehanlax


    I am sorry for the tone of the post, but till now the taste of Apple GUI designers, reflected on their GUIs was a guideline for my designs. I personally spent more than a month trying to find the most appropriate size and contrast for the elements of the list of my app, constantly redesigning it so that it looks nice even with the brushed metal as background (I am not mentioning the name of the app cause I don't want some people here to think I am trying to promote it). And yet again, I am still not fully satisfied with it and I need to further improve it.


    I really can say if someone really spent a lot of time on a GUI or if they just did a quick and dirty job (I have a Masters in HCI). And notifications are the most important new feature of iOS5. They should provide a landmark design for it. I remember Steve Jobs trademarked the exact shade of grey of the Apple II computer back in the days. Where did that passion go? I would appreciate any other opinions on it, which style do you prefer more? Which one do you think looks cleaner and more professional?
  2. cheunghy, Jun 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011

    cheunghy macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2006
    Hong Kong
    I, too, am not a fan of the excessive use of the fabric texture. The texture is currently used for expanded folders and the multitasking "drawer", which are presented as a layer behind the home screen. I think it's better to choose a different texture for Notification Center which acts more like an overlay on top of the home screen.
  3. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    I agree. For a company that makes the most beautiful hardware on the planet, sometimes their UI design is a little strange. That Teehanlax design is beautiful!
  4. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    I totally agree with that, however they might change it before they ship iOS 5. I have no idea.
  5. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    I personally love it. I think it looks great, especially on the retina display. I don't find them "messy" or "utterly dirty" or "un-Apple and amateurish" or "a cheap imitation".
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    I'm not fussed and have seen worst.
  7. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    I don't hate it, but I'm not in love with it. If it looked like the version made by Teehanlax, that would be awesome.
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    It looks like the fabric used on many office cubicle walls (which double as quickie bulletin boards).

    I'm a tiny bit suspicious that some developer last year, up against a deadline, simply took a picture of their wall.

    (tongue slightly in cheek :) )
  9. the.sheepdog macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2009
    Central FL
    I really like the Tehanlax setup. once 5 is out if it isn't up to par I might have to go to something like that.
  10. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    This kind of decoration (and also ornamentation) is rife, not just in iOS but in business presentations etc. However, I do wish people would consider those of us who are visually impaired or dyslexic. Putting a texture behind text reduces the contrast and makes the job of visually decoding the information harder. It makes no sense....
  11. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    I don't necessarily think it looks bad, but I also don't think it fits with the rest of the UI...

    and those 3 lines on the bottom, those do look bad
  12. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    I think the three lines would be more appropriate if the NC didn't snap to the bottom or top of screen.
  13. The DRis macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    Beta 1....

    I think the fabric texture graphics are trying to show off how nice the retina screen is.
  14. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    This is only the first beta... I seem to remember them changing the folder background and task switcher background last year with the final release.
  15. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Nope, I've been fine with it and I use it every day. I suspect there will be minor changes before release, though. This is such a banner feature that it will receive a lot of love before release.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't have the beta loaded onto my phone so I'm not looking at it day in and day out. Given that little tidbit, I'm not really having any issues with the UI at all. It appears to me that apple is trying to provide a neutral look towards it. Maybe it will change in subsequent betas maybe it won't. Only time will tell.
  17. The DRis macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    I'm fine with the UI too, for the most part.
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I couldn't say. I haven't seen it.

    And no, seeing a screenshot doesn't count. The time I've spent downloading iPhone wallpapers has taught me one thing: Things always look different on the iPhone's screen than they did on my computer's screen. Besides the pixel density there's also contrast and brightness differences that make things look differently once I've sent them to my phone.

    Yeah, there are some colorful, high-contrast things that look the same on any screen. Angry Birds, for example. But those light hash-marks mixed with a gradient are prime candidates for being very susceptible to slight differences in the screen you're viewing it on.

    So basically I'll have no opinion 'till iOS 5 officially comes out.
  19. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I actually love it. Refreshing move move away from the bog standard black/white panes. It's easy on the eyes and legible whilst looking organic.
  20. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Agreed.. On an iPhone 4 with high res screen it looks beautiful I think. When I look at it on my iPad it definitely doesn't look as nice, and some solid background would help text legibility.
  21. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Looks just fine. Hideous is a ridiculous over exaggeration.
  22. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Agreed. I definitely like the fabric texture graphic.
  23. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    Or, god forbid, let us choose a custom background for it.
  24. ToddJ macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    For some reason it looks better on the iPhone than the iPad.
  25. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    They took a picture of Steve's denim pants and used that as a background.

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