Sloppy UI collects oddities and screwups in iOS7's new look.
We love Apple. We think this is the best way to point out what's not up to their standards so they can fix it. It's all about intellectual honesty, not trolling.
I'm finding iOS7 fine so far. It's also new, so some slack should be cut, because these issues surely will get fixed. In particular, the comparisons to Android are mistaken: iOS 7's superficial minimalism makes it more like Windows 8, where visual simplicity is applied to something whose underlying complexity remains as it was before. But whereas Windows 8 hides functionality in a way that makes finding important features annoying, iOS 7's new look tries to live with it.
While overlapping widgets are the most obvious problem, the little things are just as telling: inconsistent font sizes on the same line, tiny tap-targets immediately adjacent to large ones, and pale text against pale backgrounds. A lot about iOS7 is about what it looks like and feels like, not how it works.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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