Category: Mac

Is Realistic UI Design Realistic?

The other day one of our twitter followers recommended we feature Courier by Real Mac Software. It would seem like an obvious app to feature here, given the amount of ‘design’ that went into the app. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s a good app. If I want to upload some pictures to Flickr, I don’t want to pull out an envelope and sit through animations and drag virtual stamps in. I want to have it up there, and be done...

Mission Control UI redesign

One of the biggest UI changes in Lion, is Mission Control. It certainly looks like a better Exposé; better not only in aesthetics, but also in productivity, I assume. But what if Apple had taken a more 3D approach to this whole thing? Zach Forrester cooks up something in his Photoshop, and ends up with what you see above (he explains). One big change in this UI is that the widgets are live and active, unlike with Mission Control. After...

Twitterrific 4 Sneak Peek is Sneaky Pretty

Seems like the almost-mythical Twitterrific 4 for Mac is alive and kicking at the Iconfactory. They promise a preview today, and have delivered. There’s nothing revolutionary about this client from its appearance. Part of that is because Twitterrific has always been a beautiful client. In terms of user interface, the Iconfactory was obviously deciding between the narrow iPhone layout or the wider layout [below; via Dribbble shot by Hockenberry] from the iPad. The iPhone seems to have won out, and...

5 Safari Extensions to beautify your internets

We never really needed Safari extensions until someone showed us how they could change the way we experience the web. I’m not talking about having embedded music players or a full fledged FTP client right inside your browser. I’m talking about the ability to change the way we experience the websites that we use every day. The ability to easily override the stylesheet of any website truly exhibits the power of CSS. Here are but five plugins that the authors...

PolarClock:screensaver

I was just going through my installed screensavers — remember screensavers?! — after getting tired of the iTunes album art screeny, when I noticed PolarClock. I vaguely remember this one, which is surprising, considering how awesome it is. It’s a little old, and crashy, but works. I don’t suppose it’s the best way to tell time, but it’s intriguing every time you look at it. Get it.

iChat One: A single-windowed user interface mockup by Bjango

Marc Edwards at Bjango takes a look at the current state of iChat, and redesigns the user interface around a single windowed concept. It’s all laid out in a thoughtful post, that’s best read on Bjango’s beautiful site. Go ahead and read it, you can leave this window open in a tab. Come back when you’re done though. Welcome back. Brilliant, isn’t it? I do have some issues with the concept, though. IM for me, and probably everyone else, is...