Amid all the fuss over the latest iTunes release, the new look of the application has not attracted much attention. This creation is the latest addition to Apple's ever expanding stable of UI toolkits — we began with Aqua, then received Brushed Metal, Tiger gave us Unified and now we have iTunes 7.
Trying new looks for certain apps is not a big issue in and of itself (how many interfaces has Office on Windows been through?) except that it comes from a company that has created a set of Human Interface Guidelines that are widely regarded as the final word in interface design. Many application interfaces have been influenced by the guidelines regardless of platform.
Looking at the new UI, I couldn't help but wonder: where's the consistency? From Apple's Human Interface Guidelines:
"Consistency in the interface allows users to transfer their knowledge and skills from one application to another. Use the standard elements of the Aqua interface to ensure consistency within your application and to benefit from consistency across applications."
Am I crazy, or has the company completely ignored its own guidelines with iTunes 7?
Purple scroll bars? What was so bad about Aqua that they needed to change from lickable to boysenberry?
Not even the iTunes logo has escaped — green obviously isn't good enough anymore and the Aqua blue finds its last refuge in the quaver.
What do you think? Is this another case of do as I say, not as I do?
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.