UIDW 29: Shadows, Padding, and more

Almost May!

Hello and welcome back to another issue of UI Designer Weekly! It's great to see you.

This week, we've got a mix of design examples from iOS itself, with some newer additions that came in the iOS 15 cycle, and some design examples from apple.com. The next few weeks of UIDW will be the last ones before we see what's new at WWDC this year, and again, can't even tell you how excited I am to see what all will be announced.

I hope you've had a chance to design something fun and new this week. Maybe even make some progress on a design problem you've been working on for a while. And hopefully within this newsletter you'll find beautiful examples of design that inspire you and help you mix new ideas into your own work!

Have a great weekend, see you next week,

UI Designer Weekly

Love At First (Full-Width) Sight

A beautiful rendition of a news card on Apple Newsroom. The photo feels endless, going all the way to the top corners where the card itself is rounded, and going from edge to edge on the sides. Without any horizontal padding (like the padding given to the title and subtitles below), the image element of this design has all the theater and emphasis that can be given in such a small space. This is a great reminder that we can use edge-to-edge elements in our designs to make them feel like the biggest, most beautiful areas of a design.


Not to Be Overshadowed

A shadow on the volume slider on iOS 15 feels like the star of the entire show. Not to mention, every other element is dark, and this element is light. This is perhaps a great reminder that on smaller elements in our designs, a shadow can make them feel more interactive if we really want something small to jump out. Did you notice the current time marker element has a little shadow too?


Hearing is Believing

Hearing on iOS 15 presents a beautiful SF Symbol with a live indicator of volume safety, using a color and an icon to make it easy at a glance. Beneath the ear symbol, a horizontal volume meter shows the live volume level and even includes a single notch that is larger than the other ones, right at the point where volume may start to become unsafe. Maybe this is a great reminder that we can use the symbol indicator colors (like red, yellow, and green) to great effect in our designs, especially if we can make them appear inline in our designs where we want to communicate something about a "good", "bad", or "warning" state. And that single notch in the meter being bigger than the others, that is a classic Apple reimagining of an existing element to get more information across.


Designing in a Compact Bubble

A light rounded rectangle and an SF Symbol in a secondary color make this article preview in Messages feel at home with nearby elements. These designs in Messages, across all other content types, are a great reminder that we can benefit from making our designs match their surroundings. It's true, we may want our designs to stand out, but if we first make them at home and then add little details to help them stand out, we may go a long way.


Easier to See Without the Details

Apple Support videos on YouTube show scenes from macOS that are made up of simple shapes and colors. Maybe, if we are trying to help people learn how to use an interface that has many different things in it all at once, it can help make it easier to find what you're looking for by showing everything else in a less specific, more abstract way. The next time you're looking for an abstract interface illustration style, check out this video.


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