Apple Makes Its ‘iOS Human Interface Guidelines’ Available Via iBooks

Apple Makes Its ‘iOS Human Interface Guidelines’ Available Via iBooks

Apple has published its iOS Human Interface Guidelines on iBooks. The guidelines lay out Apple’s recommendations to developers for designing apps that follow user interface principles similar to Apple’s iOS 7 apps.


MacRumors notes that the company has long offered user interface guidelines, dating back to the original Macintosh, but has recently only offered its iOS 7 guidelines on the Developer Portal. By making them available to anyone via iBooks, the company appears to be looking to inform and inspire more designers.

An excerpt from the book: 

Whether you’re redesigning an existing app or creating a new one, consider approaching the job in the way that Apple approached the redesign of the built-in apps:

  • First, strip away the UI to expose the app’s core functionality and reaffirm its relevance.
  • Next, use the themes of iOS 7 to inform the design of the UI and the user experience. Restore details and embellishments with care and never gratuitously.
  • Throughout, be prepared to defy precedent, question assumptions, and let a focus on content and functionality motivate every design decision.

The iOS Human Interface Guidelines is available as a free download in iBooks. [DIRECT LINK]

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