OS X Yosemite: First Impressions

Min Ming Lo takes a nice first look at Yosemite from a designer’s standpoint:

Apple revealed a sneak peek into Mac OS X Yosemite earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Apple updated its desktop OS to match iOS 7’s design language. The new OS X now embodies a brighter and flatter styling, coupled with icon updates, font changes, and translucent materials. Here’s a quick look at the visual design changes in Yosemite and my impressions of them.

I tell you, those screenshots have me waiting even more impatiently for this fall to arrive.

One thing that does raise some concerns — though it’s really too early to tell — is the legibility of Helvetica Neue as a system-font. My pal Riccardo Mori explained in-depth why he thinks it’s a bad idea, but after WWDC took place he examined the screenshots and began wondering: Is it Helvetica, after all?

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