Every once in a while you get inspired/jealous/chocked/impressed/etc. Today i touched some of those emotions when I stumbled (via twitter) over a prototype video of a way to use Apples iOS built-in design style and graphical elements to improve the notification system. I was very impressed with the elaborate thoughts on how it should work to be a much better system. Many of us iPhone (iOS) users complain about the current system and that Apple have to create a better system, but few of us take our thoughts and opinions to the next level.
The Swedish author of the concept, Andreas Hellqvist described the idea on blog and there was one sentence that caught my attention;
“When I started thinking about how to improve the notification system I felt almost immediately that Apple is all about apps, so why not make an app that handles this task”.
The concept is quite simple, yet it seems so right when you read it and watch the video (below). Sometimes the best thing to do isn’t the hardest one. The old phrase “less is more” was created for a reason. A phrase I like even more is “keep it simple”. When I design in my profession and in my projects I try to remind myself once in a while that keeping it simple is most often the best thing – for the user or recipient of the design.
Let us all hope that Apple takes a look at the concept video and decides to at least be influenced to a better notification system in the future updates of the iOS systems!
On his iOS wordpress blog you can read more about each of the scenarios like lock screen, application overview and more.