iPhone X’s Infamous Notch Ignites Design Criticisms, Jokes And Mockups Ensue
By Kylie Woon, 18 Sep 2017
While many were thrilled by the razor-thin bezels of the iPhone X, members of the design community balked at the notch that protrudes from the top of the device.
The offending notch—which houses a front-facing camera and the multiple Face ID sensors—leaves two visually awkward gaps on either side of it, where the clock, battery, network and Wi-Fi signal icons are crammed.
While Apple has produced a set of guidelines to help developers design effective for the iPhone X, it hasn’t stopped creatives from discussing the implications of this protrusion on Twitter.
Many were quick to reject the feature by way of memes, complaints and humorous GIFs. “It’s objectively distracting,” said one UX designer. “Steve Jobs would have never let that happen,” accused another. Others offered up their own mockups and tricks to ‘overcome’ the unwanted design feature—take a look below.
Jony Ive was targeted
That ugly notch on top of iPhone X. Steve Jobs would have never let that happen.— Nikhil Pai (@nikhilpai) September 12, 2017
Criticisms were made
The iPhone X notch violates the past experience and closure principles of gestalt psychology. It is objectively distracting.— Josiah (@josiahtullis) September 12, 2017
The iPhone X camera notch is going to be gross for photos, movies, and games pic.twitter.com/YK9n7JkiB9— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 12, 2017
"The notch was a good idea" —Apple fanboys, 2017— @jedmund (@jedmund) September 12, 2017
I present to you Exhibit A pic.twitter.com/HzQLwBrbDC
This is from the Apple video about how to handle the notch. This is an Apple-sanctioned example of what "optimized" looks like.— @jedmund (@jedmund) September 12, 2017
Jokes were bound to happen
So here’s a nice wallpaper for your iPhone X, OWNING the notch. pic.twitter.com/17cDwKI2PR— lke (@ivdv) September 13, 2017
Watching a video on iPhone X will be top notch pic.twitter.com/gc9fOBvWc6— Thientam Bach (@Surenix) September 12, 2017
The iPhone X looks top notch— Aaron Patterson (@tenderlove) September 16, 2017
Mockups were created in response
I would have been just as happy with an iPhone X with slightly larger top and bottom bezels instead of a notch. Made these quick mockups. pic.twitter.com/Bkac7dUStZ— Matthijs (@matthijsklaver) September 12, 2017
Made a quick mockup showing various fixes needed to make notch-less UI on iPhone X look half decent. pic.twitter.com/Y8yVNp1YAZ— Tanmay (@tanmays) September 16, 2017
[via Twitter, composite image by DesignTAXI, video screenshot via Apple]
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