Still Mind-Blown by the iMac

What a week! I'm as optimistic about Apple Design as I've ever been.

With the introduction of the new 24-inch iMac in brilliant colors, I would say the bar for interface design to meet has been raised again to the highest rung. The four sentences on the iMac marketing page say it best: "Inspired by the best of Apple. Transformed by the M1 chip. Stands out in any space. Fits perfectly into your life." Vivid colors that make the computer personal. A performance ceiling that's through the roof. A computer that is essentially art for your living room. A tool that's useful and friendly.

As interface designers, in this relay race of invention, art, productivity, and human connection, the baton has now been passed from hardware design to software design (us). We must design interfaces that are so good, usable, and beautiful that they deserve to be given time by their users and deserve to be displayed on this and other beautiful Apple computers.

I am energized and in a period of reflection. I would love to hear what interfaces you are working on. I am designing DetailsPro and have been thinking a lot about how interfaces can be easier to use when the right information is always visible and the other information is always behind a tap or two. I've also been drawing over and over to explore visual design of inspectors and questioning some existing forms. What are you thinking about in your quiet practice? What are you exploring? I'd love to hear.

This week, I thought I'd highlight design that was presented during the Apple Event on April 20th. I hope you find something that inspires you that you can mix into your own work!

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading.


New Standards

Shadows, Separating Apps Full-Time

A shadow helps separate the Files app from the app open behind on iPadOS.

Shadows have a long history of helping make interfaces on Apple platforms beautiful. This design is a great example of where a shadow is really being put to good use.

Without it, it'd be hard for a user to separate the interface of the Files app from the interface of the app directly behind Files.

We can think about where we are using shadows in our designs and what those shadows add to the usefulness and aesthetic beauty of an interface. Especially as shadows are used more consistently throughout the operating system, we can think about shadows as carrying a meaning and a purpose with them before we even include them on a single element in our design.