Which Night Shift icon do you like best?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by vertsix, Feb 22, 2016.


Which Night Shift icon looks best?

  1. The current one (Option A)

    55 vote(s)
  2. The "eye" (Option B)

    13 vote(s)
  3. The lamp (Option C)

    36 vote(s)
  4. None of the above

    4 vote(s)
  1. vertsix, Feb 22, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016

    vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Apple keeps changing the icon for Night Shift on the iOS 9.3 Public Betas, and I'm curious to see which one everyone thinks it's best.

    Option A: The current icon -


    Option B:
    The "Eye" icon (old) -


    Option C: The lamp icon (proposed before the betas) -


    So which one do you think looks best?
  2. Guilherme1995 macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2015
  3. vertsix thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Yeah. I asked a moderator to remove it.
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I've been preferring the "original" lampshade icon, but I would have to say that the newest current one seems fine to me as well--I would almost read it as a shift between day, as symbolized by the sun, and night, as symbolize by the moon, so almost literally "night shift" (or "day shift" in a sense, depending on if it's enabled or disabled). In that sense, seems quite fitting. Ultimately it's just an icon.
  5. Jayson A macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2014
    I honestly don't care what the icon looks like. However, the Game Center icon has always bothered me because of those stupid 3D bubbles look so tacky and it doesn't really match the flat UI of iOS 7-9.
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I like the lamp one because I associate that kind of table lamp with incandescent light bulbs, which tended to have a warmer light, which is what night shift does. I know this association is irrational, as people use fluorescent and LED bulbs in table lamps all the time, but it might be some memory from my childhood.

    Really, I would be hard pressed to suggest another icon. It must be pretty tough to create an icon for something so abstract as color warmth being adjusted based on time of day.
  7. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    Why does it matter? Not like this forum can influence any change to the icon anyway?
  8. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    The links aren't working.
  9. vertsix thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 22, 2016 ---
    Seeing others opinions are good.
  10. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    Why? apart from a waste of time, do you achieve anything?
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I like option A the most, I've been running all the iOS 9.3 betas and can say in just the few hours of having A on my iPhone I'm already much much happier with seeing it. B had always bothered me, but I do not mind C.
  12. einsteinbqat macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2012
  13. perfect_ Suspended


    Feb 8, 2016
    The newer one is best. Some people may think for lemon icon; 'illuminati is here. look at the icon' Yeah, we have a people on earth. Some 'clever' people can think like that. We dont want these things.
  14. hojx macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2014
    I think I like the latest one in beta 4 best?

    While the lamp icon was pretty much straightforward, the nature of the icon made it very top-heavy and hence unbalanced.
    The eye icon fixed that somewhat, but it was awkward in its placement and the left/right tips of the eye fought for attention from the moon. The moon inside the eye was somewhat forced—perhaps to link to the DND icon—but its not that bad I suppose.

    In the latest 'sun' icon, overall the icon definitely looks more balanced, and at the same time it draws a link to the brightness icon so both the brightness and new Night Shift icon indicates that they are about changing the overall look of the screen, possibly due to the time of the day (hence the 'clock within the sun').
  15. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    The current one or the lamp would do just fine.

    Always hated the Lemon.
  16. tchios_1 macrumors newbie


    Feb 22, 2016
  17. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    You mean Apple should make it thinner and lighter?
  18. hojx macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2014
    I meant whenever you have a lamp, the lamp shade will always be a thick block compared to the stem/leg of the lamp. The icon is going to have more black parts at the top compared to the bottom resulting in a visual imbalance when you confine it in a small square.
  19. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    As someone who is a visual designer (and I often create or modify icons at work for apps and the web), here are my thoughts:
    • The lamp isn't clear enough. First of all, lamps look different all over the world. Second of all, it makes it seem like the iPad now has a lamp function, and on the iPhone it competes with the meaning and clarity of the flashlight icon.
    • The eye icon with the moon is better, but it's not exactly clear what it does or modifies. It reminds me of some sort of private browsing mode.
    • The latest icon plays on something that has been used for a long time: The brightness setting indicator on computer and TV displays, or in the Mac OS software when pressing the brightness buttons. It's more clear that it has something to do with modifying the brightness at night. In this case it might not be truly changing the brightness, but the perceived brightness of the colors due to the human eye and how it perceives warm tones as being less harsh and non-interfering with our circadian rhythm. For that reason I think it is the most successful of the three.
    Can you tell that I've sat through plenty of critiques in my day? Hah.

    My biggest problem with the whole thing is that the toggle for this setting isn't at the top with other setting toggles, but instead at the bottom with the quick actions. They don't belong together. Furthermore, Apple should let us customize which setting toggles and quick actions we want in our Control Center.
  20. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
  21. vertsix thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Hmm. Interesting stuff.

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