Bold fonts in iOS 10

over 5 years ago from , www.pttrns.com

Fly or die?

Update: Looks like it's not that a big deal. Tweet from UIKit engineer:

Note the new iOS design language with bold navigation titles is mostly confined to Music.app (and maybe one other place).



  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 5 years ago

    I think it looks great. Happy to see some variation in typography and hope this sets a trend. Enough thin fonts!

    12 points
    • Ken Em, over 5 years ago

      Exactly. I'm digging this a lot. Nice to see some heavier weights for a change!

      2 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

    It kind of works for news but Apple Music is hideous.

    9 points
  • Bruno AbattiBruno Abatti, over 5 years ago

    I, in my humble opinion, do not enjoy that Extrabold title.

    8 points
    • Joey BrennanJoey Brennan, over 5 years ago

      It is a bit much, but at least it breaks the illegible grass field of light faces Apple employs currently.

      0 points
  • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, over 5 years ago

    I dig it. Apple Music UI sorely needed it. Adds personality and it's easier to read at quick glance on small screen.

    5 points
  • Saul SutcherSaul Sutcher, over 5 years ago

    I love them. I think they are way overdue. The typographic hierarchy makes so much more sense.

    1 point
  • Mike BrandMike Brand, over 5 years ago

    Reminds me of some of the new Pinterest styling

    1 point
  • Ivan BozicIvan Bozic, over 5 years ago

    Hey, at least it's not Circular! :)

    1 point
    • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, over 5 years ago

      What's wrong with circular?

      0 points
      • Dan GDan G, over 5 years ago

        Beautiful but overused, presumably.

        0 points
      • Ivan BozicIvan Bozic, over 5 years ago

        Nothing. On the contrary, that "t" always makes me fall in love with it again.

        It was more of a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Spotify moved to Circular (I think 3 months ago?), and the fact that Apple Music obviously took a lot of cues from Spotify (especially with the success of Discover Weekly).

        0 points
  • Jed Rollins, over 5 years ago

    I've felt like I was going to get major hate for defending it so far, but I'm super fond of it. I've always been a fan of the Vignelli/Rand/Chermayeff & Geismar style, and it feels very reminiscent. I think it'll age much better than many of their previous design choices.

    0 points
  • Jon DarkeJon Darke, over 5 years ago

    Seems to be all over: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/ Music, Home, News, Maps, Photos - most of Apple native apps. I for one welcome the variation in font weight - helps draw the eye to a title start point on screen. Far too much whispy thin font going on before. Now we have hierarchy. The size in certain places over-emphasises the weight, and I would have dialled down the weight or size in some places, but a refreshing change IMO.

    0 points
  • Brent RiddellBrent Riddell, over 5 years ago

    I thought I also saw it being used in the new News app and also in the new Home app, so it's not confined to just Apple Music :/ I would expect to see it pop up in other places too. Overall I like it :)

    0 points
  • Ankit JoshiAnkit Joshi, over 5 years ago

    this was the first thing that came to my mind...


    0 points
  • Ole Harland, over 5 years ago

    Anyone else also seeing the same look as the airbnb app?

    0 points
  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, over 5 years ago

    To me, tvOS and this new bold typography represent a new direction for iOS away from iOS 7’s core look.

    Objects are more physical, bright colors are being moved from UI components to the type itself, and clearer hierarchy.

    I do think that the extrabold type is an overcorrection, however. Just like iOS 7 was, in many ways. :P

    But be prepared for this to be rolled out to more apps in the upcoming months/years.

    0 points