The title is meant to be alluring—sensationalist, maybe—but not altogether untrue.
I am not a team. I am one person. Many other single persons out there could also have designed better app icons in less than one week. Many already have in the last week, as if in defiance of the less-than-stellar visual design of the app icons.
I am not a huge “skeuomorphic” design fan, I do not even like saying that word or typing it, and I never know if I spelled it correctly. Neither am I a huge “flat” design fan. (flat design is re-branded Swiss-Style, and skeuomorphic is grunge) Much design is an appropriate amount of both types of design…some projects leaning one way and some projects leaning the other.
Of all the things to not fail on—Apple virtually always nails the visual design. A few app icons, front and center on the iOS mobile operating system, and Apple produces a hard visual fail. Even the numbers on the clock icon look rough!
As if the icons were designed by this mail-room employee named Mr. Marketing Research.
I do not think Apple will change the design of the app icons, which is a switch from my original opinion. The homescreen is all over Apple’s newest marketing materials. What you see is what you are going to get…hopefully a bit of refinement, but most people will not even notice the changes to icons and other UI aspects as iOS 7 goes from beta to GM.
all this flat vs skeuomorphic debate reminds me of a spec. art piece and bit of mash-up writing I did 6 years ago…yea, six years ago.
Let us make Surrealism and Web 2.0 get along with each other. Swiss Style simple, but what is wrong with visual richness? OK, dumb it down visually if I am paying my bills. Web 2.0 is about interaction, & not about lowest-common-denominator visual design techniques.
Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.