Re-designing Sketch(

3 years ago from Ivan Boyko, Founder at Icons8

  • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, 3 years ago

    Is there other software you use daily that leverages "native Mac UI"?

    For instance, my currently open apps are: Finder, iMessage, Outlook, Adobe PS, Adobe AI, Spotify, Chrome, Slack, PDF Expert.

    I think the only apps here we can classify as using Mac native UI are Finder and iMessage, for me.

    This point about Sketch using Mac native UI that always gets brought up intrigues me because not only do I rarely, if ever, use large native Mac apps (Numbers, Pages, Keynote) so the UX/UI treatments don't look any more "baseline" than anything else. And, not only that, but the UX/UI for Mac apps actually isn't that great to me either... E.g. spawning an entirely new window on "Save As..." continues to surprise and confuse me.

    So, really what I'm getting at is: why is a native Mac UI more efficient for the user, if the user spends most of their time in apps like Chrome/Firefox, Atom/Sublime, Adobe/Affinity, Slack/HipChat, C4D/Maya, etc. – Mac native UI isn't really a significant benefit at all.

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    • David ThornDavid Thorn, 3 years ago

      Exactly. I don't get the desire to keep everything mac specific in the UI.

      I fundamentally hate many of the ways things are done natively. The default color picker was a deal breaker and before they switched to something useful, I never converted to Sketch.

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    • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 3 years ago

      I enjoy Sketch's UI the way it is, although that's just my personal preference. I should have clarified the last sentence as that.

      My personal preferences aside however, I don't see how using a custom UI would necessarily make things work better. Obviously better UI patterns and widgets should be used if they work better than their native counterparts which Sketch already does in some places, but I don't agree with the reasoning behind changing the aesthetics/visual components of the UI itself (e.g the window chrome being lighter) as presented in this article.

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