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MacOS 11 Big Sur Icons Good or Bad? Here’s What Designers Think.

Apples’ Latest macOS 11 Big Sur comes with a new icon style – Soft 3D skeuomorphism style and thousands of mac users already talked about their thoughts regarding the new icon style.
We have covered overall design issues in new macOS Big Sur in our previous article, you can read it below.


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Since everybody shares their ideas without much of the explanation, we thought about asking our 26K community designers “macOS 11 Big Sur icons are good or bad? And explain your ideas about why you make that decision”.


Our poll gets 55% of votes for “icons are good” and 45% “icons are bad”. Because of the competitive result, we then asked two questions from a few of the selected designers regarding their decisions that made earlier.

Designers who vote for “icons are good”, here are the two questions we asked.

1. Some users think these icons look childish and harm to its professionality? Since mac OS truly famous for its stunning design, how would this affect overall experience on mac users?

2. Is this new soft skeuomorphism style would be the next UI Trends?

Designers who vote for “icons are bad”, here are the two questions.

1. Some users think these new icons give much more consistent appearance throughout apple ecosystem ( now macOS 11 & IOS 14 icons looks similar more than ever), how would this affect to the overall experience on mac users?

2. Is this new soft skeuomorphism style would be the next UI Trends?


Let’s see what designers think about these two questions.

Adesh Bhansali (UI/UX Designer) :


Q. Apple’s macOS 11 Big Sur icons are good or bad?

A. Good

Q. Some users think these icons look childish and harm to its professionality? Since mac OS truly famous for its stunning design, how would this affect overall experience on mac users?

A. I feel like it would make the icons a little more fun and playful in an attempt to create a more friendly experience for the user. The design still remains one that will create many “wow” reactions. Experience wise, I feel it will also create a lighter effect on its users making the macOS seem like one that’s not just for professionals anymore and that it can be used by anyone. Their target group is also students and other creative freelancers etc.

Q. Is this new soft skeuomorphism style would be the next UI Trends?

A. I feel like apple, by taking this step, has definitely reinvented the trend that many young designers will aspire to take inspiration from. This will bring back some elements of the new soft skeuomorphism that we will see in upcoming UI trends


Jeffrey Sabarman (UI/UX Designer)


Q. Apple’s macOS 11 Big Sur icons are good or bad?
A. Bad

Q. Some users think these new icons give much more consistent appearance throughout apple ecosystem ( now macOS 11 & IOS 14 icons looks similar more than ever), how would this affect to the overall experience on mac users?

A. In my opinion, apple icons always give me a professional look and simple design. So, now with the Big Sur design, I don’t get that feeling anymore. I think this can affect greatly to the experience of the user about the feel of the design and don’t think of Apple as a simple and soft design like before. I think the Big Sur icon can be more softer with a different color so that it can maintain the professional look of apple’s icon.

Q. Is this new soft skeuomorphism style would be the next UI Trends?
A. I think it is because the 3D illustration is on the rise right now.


Aaron kechaoui (UI/UX Designer)


Q. Apple’s macOS 11 Big Sur icons are good or bad?
A. Good

Q. Some users think these icons look childish and harm to its professionality? Since mac OS truly famous for its stunning design, how would this affect overall experience on mac users?

A. Of course, some users will not welcome this change not all of the userbase has the same taste but to say they look childish I don’t think so, as these icons are now more unified to be in the same icon pack unlike the previous ones and to say that they harm the professionalism of the mac os, I don’t say so because it’s not the icons that decide if a whole OS is professional or not it’s the degree of practicality that decide, and I would say that the users will get used to this icons in no time, So no big deal there.

Q. Is this new soft skeuomorphism style would be the next UI Trends?

A. I think the skeuomorphism will be a trendy style in no time as apple uses it and we need to mention it’s counterpart Microsoft that uses it also on its new style with the name of fluent design system which resembles a lot to apple’s new style except for some minor details, So we could see the same style as Apple’s being applied and used as we can see different forks from that same style with minor updates, And both ways say that skeuomorphism is the next trend.


So What do you think about the new macOS 11 icons? Are they good or bad? Join the conversation below in the comment section.

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Adesh Bhansali | Jeffrey Sabarman | Aaron kechaoui

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The new icons for MacOS Numbers and Pages are so hideous that I can barely look at them. And these have been my two most used apps. Please Apple, I beg of you, please fix these icons. It looks like they are something from 1992.

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