Animated App Switcher Concept: Redesign for iOS

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  1. Jesse Head Jesse Head

    Check out the animation (Vimeo or YouTube)! Plus, if you want to see what it'd look like on your iPhone 5, watch this demo video on your device.

    Basically, this is an iOS switcher concept, aiming to bridge the gap between app 'switching' and 'multitasking'. For more information, I've posted my thoughts on my blog, describing the kind of decisions that went into this design concept. Would love to hear your feedback.

    @2x and real pixels attached.

    Follow me on Twitter if you're interested in collaborating (I develop too), or if you like my work.

    about 1 year ago

  2. Marco Sousa Marco Sousa

    Really cool video. The concept is great.


    about 1 year ago

  3. Alexander Haase Alexander Haase

    Great concept, Jesse - hope it reaches enough buzz to impress some people at Apple :)


    about 1 year ago

  4. Nick Nick

    Are you familiar with webOS's "cards" system for task switching from 2009?

    It looks like you've stumbled upon the same concept for app switching that they did. There's even a patent application by Palm/HP in 2010 based on the "cards" concept.

    I think your implementation is neat, and it would be great to see Apple adopt something similar for iOS.


    about 1 year ago

  5. Webelinx Webelinx

    great idea. maybe you should add "quit all apps" button.


    about 1 year ago

  6. Ronnie Johnson Ronnie Johnson

    Love the idea, my dude.


    about 1 year ago

  7. Jesse Head Jesse Head

    @Nick Hey man, thanks for the feedback. (: Admittedly, no. But I've had a look at it and see similarities. As a whole though, I still think it's pretty unique.

    about 1 year ago

  8. Mathew Sanders Mathew Sanders

    Nice work. I like the simple background rather than the linen, and I prefer your buttons too :)

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. When people double tap the home button they immediately see the last four apps they have used. IMO this is a huge huge benefit over having to swipe between one app at a time. Maybe you could explore showing a tile of four app screens/live previews instead of just one.

    2. In the video demo for the search you're not showing the keyboard active. I think you should show the keyboard to see how it interacts with the rest of the design.


    about 1 year ago

  9. Davide 'Folletto' Casali Davide 'Folletto' Casali

    Interesting one and well executed, but I feel it's just touching the surface of it.

    One, because personally I don't see the "live" tile thing as an added value and will also have technical impacts that aren't trivial (as he said, currently only one app at time that "runs"). Design must challenge tech, of course, but I personally don't see this a value. Take this as a minor thing.

    Two, because it's actually *reducing* the visibility and the speed. This is very important. With one screen showing me one thing at time, it's making the process slower, not faster. And Multitasking should be all about speed. At least the current solution shows a few icons at once, the latest ones, to switch to.

    (btw, it looks a lot like the Palm WebOS way of doing things). :)

    I like however a lot one specific part of the concept: the double-press that *switches* the interface to a different one focused on that. This can be way more effective than the current "tiny" slider at the bottom. There's no reason to limit the double-press to that tiny space, so it's a welcome change. :)

    (you should really post some screens on :D)


    about 1 year ago

  10. Eddy Gann Eddy Gann

    Why does iOS 7 not look like this?...

    10 months ago

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