Designer Of Original Macintosh Icons Gives Thumbs Up To iOS 7

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iOS 7 is a bold, radical departure from Apple’s previous design aesthetic, and as such, there’s a lot of controversy right now as people struggle to figure out what they think of the new look. It’s only natural that we’re in such flux to come to terms with what we think about iOS 7: what could be more personal than the interface of the one gadget with which we have our most personal connection?

One person who has no such reservations about the design of iOS 7, though, is Susan Kare, the woman who designed many of the original Macintosh operating system’s timeless and most beloved icon.

Asked about iOS 7’s new look by Networkworld, Kare responded:

Generally a good direction–am a fan of simple, meaningful symbols that fill a space, such as Music and Weather. It’s better — more iconic, less illustrative.

Kare’s comments seem to imply that she thinks there’s room for some improvement, but that spiritually, the new design is sound. Of course, we’re still months away from iOS 7 going gold: anything can change.

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  • Elmer

    For the most part, I’m enjoying the new interface, but I also think there’s room for improvement. The new Compass app is lovely, but now Safari looks too much (or maybe too little) like a compass. Worst of all, the Settings app looks too much like a bathroom exhaust fan; be careful of sticking your fingers into that!

  • wdowell

    Music is gorgeous, and generally all the one-pixel deep ‘line’ art graphics and text, all stuff that would have been impossible pre-retina. Which makes me wonder quite they will do it on the iPad mini..

  • Radtech51

    She has refined taste. :)

  • meccano

    Moof!

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