How the iPhone's UI Would Look If It Acted Like the Apple Watch

One of the most intriguing things about Apple Watch is its non-orthogonal user interface, where app icons are organized in a circular, zoomable jumble. And it turns out the good old iPhone might be able to learn something about legible UI from its smaller, younger cousin. » 10/28/14 2:35pm 10/28/14 2:35pm

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 1:36pm 10/03/14 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 4:29pm 9/09/14 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 2:40pm 6/03/14 2:40pm

An Interview with Geoff McFetridge on the Interfaces from Her

Not even those who worked on the Oscar-nominated film Her are sure exactly how near we are to the near-future depicted in the movie. "I think the idea of the near-future is that you can't predict the pace of technology," says graphic designer Geoff McFetridge, who designed the interfaces for the film. » 3/01/14 2:00pm 3/01/14 2:00pm

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 12:00pm 7/01/13 12:00pm

XKCD Author Asks: Is Google+ Too Gendered?

As the Great Google+ Migration begins—at least among geeks and the "geekerati"—it's still pretty great to see it getting things right on its first go. All the more interesting to see it get something wrong. » 7/09/11 2:00pm 7/09/11 2:00pm

The Washington Post Seems to Have Heard of this "Facebook" Site

A well-designed website should be clear, above all. No flashing GIFs (we miss you, 90s!), no obnoxious flash menus, no overwhelming lists of links. And heads up, WaPo website: it shouldn't be blanketed in insanely redundant Facebook sharing buttons. » 12/14/10 12:00pm 12/14/10 12:00pm