Designers Set About Fixing The Mess Apple Made In iOS 7 [Gallery]

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Okay, so not everyone thinks Apple has ruined iOS with its newfound support of flat icons and whacky, eye-stinging colors. In fact, some iOS users love the new look. But many think it’s a gut-wrenching mess. In fact, some hate it so much that they’ve taken some time to fix it.

User interface designers have taken to Dribbble to showcase their own iOS 7 concepts, and I think you’ll agree that they’re a welcome improvement.

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This concept comes from UI designer Leo Drapeau. It’s not actually that different to Apple’s — a lot of the icons are very similar — but they look a lot nicer. And they actually look pretty good together, too — like the designer was following the same guidelines for each one. Unlike Apple’s.

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This redesign comes from Christophe Tauziet, a product designer at Facebook. “I like iOS 7. I really do,” Tauziet writes. “But I can’t stand for these homescreen icons. So I wanted to see what I could do in an hour.”

It took him just an hour to produce that! Proof that Apple only spent 15 minutes on its own icons.

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“I had to recreate them,” says Sameer Ahmed, a user interface designer. “I couldn’t look at the icons Apple created.”

Again, not vastly different to Apple’s, but so much nicer.

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This one’s by far my favorite. From designer Zach Forrester. Isn’t it pretty?

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This one comes from graphic design student Lewis Jones, who says: “It’s never too early for a re-design, right? I tried to keep that bright colour scheme and flat design they were going for but looking a bit nicer (in my opinion).”

I’m sure we’ll see many more of these redesigns in the weeks and months ahead, and hopefully they’ll inspire Apple to tweak its own icons a bit ahead of iOS 7’s public release this fall. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.