May 13, 2011

The iPhone Tab Bar: Lessons Learned

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Brian van Veen
Senior Visual Designer

Petter Silfver compares different tab bar designs from popular iPhone apps and expresses a deeper understanding into Apple’s subtle design decisions—things that perhaps you haven’t noticed before. He also shares his thoughts on a couple of do’s and don’ts:

Lesson 1: The magic number is five
Lesson 2: Ask the users
Lesson 3: Put a lot of time on icons and copy
Lesson 4: Avoid changing tabs automatically
Lesson 5: Don’t make tabs exclusive
Lesson 6: Customize, but beware

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