Black icons in LC 8 DP 14

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at
Mon Feb 8 22:08:02 EST 2016

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 11:11 PM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at>

> Democracy is useful for many things, but I'm not sure UI is among them.
> In fact, I'd argue squarely against it for several reasons:
> How many in our audience are specialists in UI design?
> IMO this has nothing to do with design and is simply mere fashion. Design
determines that a pencil skirt looks great on a secretary but is completely
inappropriate on Venus Williams if she wishes to win Wimbledon. Fashion
'tells us' that this year black, red or paisley is in.

The use of icons has long been recognised for their design advantage, but
what form they take I feel is pure fashion. I'm personally rather saddened
by the fact that for the last many years at each great Apple gathering
there is much ooohhhing and aaahhhing as the new beautiful icons sets are
rolled out. We've had photo realistic, comic, pastel and grey scale and
some day we might have paisley but at the end of the day it's still just a
pencil skirt that was floral last year and is black this year.

It's also why 99.9% of the population agree that icons are good, they save
time, they cross international boundaries it's because design has
determined they are better. But fashion is not universally accepted, for
some paisley is never going to cut it and is why some like the current
look, some don't, and some don't care.

Of course your comments re future LC users are completely valid and it is
necessary for LC to change it's 'look' to keep up with the latest fashions.
Apple does it, Windows does it, Samsung does it, JC Penny does it, H&M does
it, they have to to survive. It explains Richmond's comments about VHS vs
Beta; a better design doesn't always translate to better sales.

For the LC Team the 'designers' need to give us the best design possible
for creating multi-platform apps (clearly being done with the move to LC 8)
whilst the 'trend and fashion' people need to have a good handle on what's
in this year and ensure LC looks the part to attract new customers.

These days, it's not just women who are fashion victims.

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