The Haptic Tech That Could Let You Touch The Person You're Skyping With

I was skeptical. Two cubes sat side-by-side, looking like stripped-down 3D printers. I sat in front of one as instructed, and reached my hand inside, toward a floating disembodied finger. Just at the moment I knew I’d stab through the illusion, I had the ultimate “E.T. phone home” moment—I swear I could feel the other… »8/12/15 4:20pm8/12/15 4:20pm

Your Best Apple Watch Glimpse Yet In Four Official Videos

Will the Apple Watch be so radically different we won’t understand how to use it at first? Perhaps so: Apple has produced a series of videos to teach Watch-wearers how the interface will work—videos which give us the best look yet at what our wrist-computer future might hold. (They also double as handy marketing… »4/03/15 7:30pm4/03/15 7:30pm

Skeuomorphism Will Never Go Away, And That's a Good Thing

Just a year and a half ago, we noted the demise of skeuomorphism in Apple interface design. Today, Co.Design's John Brownlee points out that "the most-hated design trend" is back with Apple Watch's clock-like interface. But skeuomorphism never really went away. In fact, we should all hope it never does. »10/03/14 1:36pm10/03/14 1:36pm

Apple Debuted a Brand-New Custom Typeface With Its Watch

Something I was watching closely as the Apple Watch was revealed today: Which typeface would grace this shiny, tiny new device? Well, it's not Helvetica, the troublesome font that Apple recently adopted for its iOS and OS applications. It's a brand-new typeface that was designed for excellent readability—by Apple. »9/09/14 4:29pm9/09/14 4:29pm

Designers Explain Why Apple's New OS X Typeface Is a Strange Choice

It was one of the more subtle changes showcased during yesterday's WWDC keynote: Apple finally ditched its OS typeface Lucida Grande to use Helvetica Neue across the board. Now, at least the OS and iOS systems match. But is Helvetica—which is basically unreadable at small sizes—really a better choice? »6/03/14 2:40pm6/03/14 2:40pm

Designers, Shadows Are Totally Fine in a Flat UI

This time, just a year ago, very few people knew the terms “skeuomorphism” and “flat design." We complained about the kind of leathery design of some apps on iOS and OS X, but in general, the UI of Apple’s mobile operating system was just fine. Then, in just a few weeks, everything changed—and suddenly flat design… »7/01/13 12:00pm7/01/13 12:00pm