Apparently today is the 33 year anniversary of NeXTstep's release.
Whenever I look at screen shots of NeXTstep, I realize that Steve Jobs can't have been the one with the great taste.
Seems like the aesthetic sensibilities didn't arrive until he met Jony Ive on his return to Apple.
I mean, just look at those margins … all over the place.
@uliwitness jony ive didn’t do any interface design at apple until after jobs died, and he was terrible at it. flat design’s popularity is his fault
@uliwitness where it comes to specifically margins- apple has always had those specified in the HIG which i believe were mostly written by Bruce Tog. however, as he left apple in 1992 i don’t know who took over maintenance of this document, but a rule of thumb is apple apps are at their best when they follow this document and at their worst when scott forestall and jobs decides apps need green velvet.
so maybe not so much a singular person is responsible as a document is
@uliwitness plus whatever institutional will to actually heed the document exists- usually inversely proportional to marketing’s involvement
@zens Right, Tognazzini again :D On Twitter someone asked whether it could be related to Interface Builder adding automatic snapping to guides, and I'm now wondering if that's the secret: Someone from NeXT reading the Apple HIG and implementing tool support for margins.
(My point is that we keep making tools so that you can work within the HIG even — especially — as metrics change, which happened multiple times even recently [IIRC Big Sur AppKit changed a bunch of control sizes subtly, for example]).
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