Why are the icons so hideous?
Is it possible to switch the icon design on BB10? As a iPhone and Blackberry user I must say that the BB10 design looks like something from the first generation Android phones. What was blackberry thinking when they designed this system?
BB1O on Z10
Early generation of Android, notice the ugly interface with boxes surrounding the icons. Much a like BB10.
Latest iOS 7 from Apple. Simply design yet probably one of the most beautiful user interfaces on any phone.
The device I have is a Q10.
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- 06-25-13, 02:36 PM #2
I agree. The icons are stuffy and dated. I'd much prefer something more representational than realistic. WP8 has the best design, for my money, followed by apple. I think BlackBerry should embrace a more modern, digital aesthetic.
And the transparent boxes around the icons are equally ugly, but I can understand how they might serve a functional purpose. Still a bit tasteless. Did the hire any graphic designers to design this interface? Layout and spacing is really weird all over the OS, tbh.
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06-25-13, 02:36 PM #3
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06-25-13, 02:44 PM #5
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I find the IOS7 icons looks kiddish
- 06-25-13, 02:52 PM #9
I'm sorry but did you just refer to the iOS 7 icons as beautiful? heh. I agree the BB ones are kinda ugly as well but no way would I call iOS 7 beautiful. It looks like a ADD child went to town on the design with a box of crayolas or Jony got drunk one night and puked up a rainbow. I hear the easter bunny has filed suite to get his colors back.
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06-25-13, 03:13 PM #11
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I wouldn't call them ugly, or non-ugly. They're freaking icons! .... seriously, this is a gripe?
- 06-25-13, 03:24 PM #12
At least the iOS7 icons are designed and have a consistent design theme (a theme that isn't dated or crap, imo. They may be a bit feminine, but they have a design language that anyone can pick up on.
BB10 icons are not designed. They appear to be lifted from the mid 90s.
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- 06-25-13, 03:32 PM #13
Id like to see all the apps icons be the same size....it looks ugly with varying sizes. The Reddit in motion or Stocks for Blackberry 10 is imo the perfect size and shape for this layout. I hope Blackberry nakes all the app icon look consistent.
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- 06-25-13, 03:33 PM #14
There is nothing special about Apple's icon design and I prefer the photo-realistic look over the carebears ios7 design although the bb10 icons can be improved. WP box icons are just bland and boring.
If you want to see ugly icons then just look at some of the stock Android icons. There is a reason so many try to skin it and pretty it up as some like the phone one are just bad.
- 06-25-13, 04:09 PM #16
Icons will always use skeumophicism to represent what they launch just as Windows Phone still uses a paper mail envelope to represent a digital email app. I guess an exception is the ios7 game center app which is random. I just like the realistic aesthetic more for icons since they still mostly represent physical objects anyway.
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- 06-25-13, 04:22 PM #18
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- 06-25-13, 04:47 PM #21
Funnily enough one of the things I never liked about the iPhone was the icons, apart from the obvious increase in the colour saturation in iOS7, I'm struggling to notice any difference with the icons really! Ugly to me is having loads of different sized squares like you have in Windoze, BB10 is neither gorgeous nor ugly, its just there!
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06-25-13, 04:59 PM #24
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Seriously without criticizing the iOS 7 icons (even if they're damn ugly and everything but not consistent), that's not the problem of the new direction.
Everything is loud and intense. It simply will just make your eyes tire sooner than later. It screams to your face, until you just get used to the circus. And the perfectly white background makes it even worse.
To display a notification on an icon, like the splat in BlackBerry 10, is almost impossible, because it just could not stand out from this very intense rainbow colored mess.
Also, there's basically no buttons, and I'm not against of it, as Microsoft could make it work. But if there are no explicit borders there should be some invisible ones. It usually called padding. But they missed on it, as well.
The whole OS just states that it is not for work and usability, but to give attraction for those who was bored with the previous iOS designs, or need a flashy phone for their short attention span. You can love it, it's your choice, enjoy it, but sooner or later everything will be dull. And Apple will ruin something again, and it'll be their biggest mistake: the usability.
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