Deeply insightful thread from Louie Mantia:
People think iOS 7 killed superfluous things like wood textures,
but more seriously it downplayed visual design. We lost things
like shadows and lighting. This stuff isn’t just a veneer. They
are tools. They were used to indicate so many things like
inactivity or focus.
In 2020, iPadOS doesn’t convey app focus in split-screen mode. But
window focus was apparent over 35 years ago on the original
Macintosh. It was only black and white! But today when we have
millions of colors, we don’t indicate focus well.
So perfectly said. Post-iOS 7, Apple has been obsessed with not indicating focus. A clear indication of input focus is so helpful to everyone from novices to experts.
The lack of focus indication is much more of a problem on iOS (iPhone and iPad, but especially iPad simply because the displays are so much bigger) than MacOS. But even Apple’s Mac apps often hide focus — I wish the text input field in Messages had a focus ring (like Safari’s location field does — or Message’s own search field), for example.
★ Monday, 3 February 2020