macOS Big Sur and the Return of Whimsical Design

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Designer Michael Flarup writes about how macOS Big Sur will bring back “fun in visual design.”

With this approach Apple is legalising a visual design expressiveness that we haven’t seen from them in almost a decade. It’s like a ban has been lifted on fun. This will severely loosen the grip of minimalistic visual design and raise the bar for pixel pushers everywhere. Your glyph on a colored background is about to get some serious visual competition.

I don’t miss pre-iOS 7 skeuomorphism, but I don’t think I’ll mind some of that era’s icons coming back (just without the gloss). I also wonder if we’ll see them on iOS, or just macOS.

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4 thoughts on “macOS Big Sur and the Return of Whimsical Design

  • I also dearly miss skeuomorphism – there is no reason other than fashion to explain the craze for flat design. If an app or a function is a replacement or an emulation of a real-world device, it should bloody well *look* like the thing it is emulating.

    In many ways I really liked a lot of the design language that Jony Ive used. However, he went way too far in his quest for the infinitely thin, infinitely light, infinitely flat look and feel.

  • Well I do miss skeuomorphism and I am also welcoming the change to more creative icons. I posted a picture on Tumblr a while back a screen shot of my toolbar with I think four icons that were virtually identical, Pages, Notes, and two others. You need this creativity of for no other reason than to help with navigation. There is such a thing as to much flat, too much Ive

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