This Is What Game Center Should Look Like In iOS 7 [Concept]

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Awhile back we showed you a great concept for a redesigned iOS Notes app. The concept was part of Cult of Mac reader and designer Adrian Maciburko’s iOS 7 “Crystal Interface” idea. Now Maciburko has shared a redesigned Game Center interface that does away with the skeuomorphism in iOS 6. No more woodgrain or felt textures.

“I believe the Game Center app would benefit by changing to a slide out nav instead of the tab bar,” said Maciburko. “The reason for this is that “Me tab” and “Friend requests tab” have a lower frequency of use, unlike the App Store app where you move between featured, updates, top charts and search frequently, so in that case the tab bar makes sense. I have also looked at placing more focus on achievements for different games. I am not sure that knowing that you are no. 11,740,241 of 11,988,582 is a necessary stat at this list view level.”

iOS 7 gamecenter 2.0

Hopefully iOS 7 will feature some cleaner visual aesthetics. I like where Maciburko’s Crystal concept is going.

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  • AppDucate

    I kind of like the original style more. Maybe if Apple got rid of that wood/leather look it would even look better.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    “Now Maciburko has shared a redesigned Game Center interface that does away with the skeuomorphism in iOS 6. No more woodgrain or felt textures.”

    Why have all the green then?

  • Whodakat

    Nothing like hating skeuomorphism just for the sake of hating it. I think one of the best features of the retina screen is being able to “see” textures. I think the felt background for game center is great. Now some of Apple’s skeuomorphism is a bit crazy but I hope they don’t just toss it all out. As for this mockup, I don’t really like the slide out navigator, especially when there is no need for it. I always seem to forget about slide out menus and getting rid of it in this case isn’t necessary. The only thing losing the bar at the bottom does is allow for one more game to be listed. Who cares. I prefer the screen to be framed like it is now. And changing the title bar to the same color just seems to blend it out. And you may not care if your are in 11 millionth place in a game, but if you are up there its something you want to pay more attention to and the current layout lets you see it in a glance. The mockup removes that but puts nothing in its place so the screen just looks empty. Might as well have useful info showing.

  • Nelopeace

    It looks just boring. Very android like

  • lockalsh

    ever since facebook came out with their app for iphone,everyone thinks its the best idea out there. its not.
    I’d much rather have buttons visible, instead of having to click a button to click another button.
    remember the days of things being too clicky? that is what this design creates: a visual style with a cost of ease of use.

  • GFYantiapplezealots

    That is FUGLY!!!!! I LOVE skeuomorphism and I think the Apple Game Center looks WAY better than that plain boring crap on the right.

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