This is true with Yosemite, too. Spend just a bit of time with it,
and you can almost picture the iterations to come, when future
releases will have fully worked out the visual language and the
gestalt of the interface will have cohered to a more advanced
state. OS X Balboa and OS X Palisades are going to look great.
In the meantime, though, I find Yosemite lacking in polish, full
of awkward decisions and unresolved tensions.
This is probably my favorite Yosemite review that I’ve seen, or at least the one that comes closest to my own thoughts on Yosemite’s visual design. It’s a great start, but it can improve in so many ways.
Regarding contrast, Khoi writes:
My biggest complaint, personally, is that this fresh coat of paint
does a poor job on visual contrast. Interface elements are often
so light in color and/or so close to one another in color that
they “bleed” into each other all the time. The effect is a
blown-out look, as if a novice photographer stepped up the
exposure on her camera well beyond advisability.
I spent yesterday with “Increase contrast” turned on (System Prefs: Accessibility: Display). It’s a really interesting look — like a modern-day descendant of the original Mac UI from Systems 1-6.
★ Thursday, 23 October 2014