Designer Of Original Macintosh Icons Approves Of iOS 7 Design

iOS debuted to mix reviews at WWDC on Monday, featuring a complete redesign from previous versions of iOS. Like Tim Cook said, iOS 7 is the biggest change to iOS since the launch of the original iPhone, thanks to Jony Ive’s vision. One person, though, who actually worked on developing the icons for the original Macintosh, is on board with the new look.

Susan Kare, if you’ve never heard of her, is a bit of an Apple legend and icon expert. She was with Apple in the early-mid 80s and designed a number of famous Apple icons.

Kare left Apple in 1986 and went on to design countless icons for a number of different clients. She was also called as an expert witness during last summer’s trial between Apple and Samsung and testified as to the visual similarities between the iPhone and Samsung’s accused products.

When Kare was approached about Apple’s new interface for iOS, here’s what she had to say:

Generally a good direction–am a fan of simple, meaningful symbols that fill a space, such as Music and Weather. It’s better — more iconic, less illustrative.

All in all, Kare seems pleased about where Apple is heading. Of course, the official release of iOS 7 is still a few months away, so who knows the kinds of changes Apple could make between now and then.

Image Credit: Kare

Kaylie lives in Ottawa and got her first Mac in 2007 and is now a fan for life.