I work at Microsoft, where I am a design lead of Visual Studio for Mac design team – but I also work on Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and other applications for developers.
My team and I are focused on macOS user interface design – the developer tools require a special skill set: we're designers and engineers at the same time. As the other product I often work on, Visual Studio, runs on Windows, I spend a good part of my time designing for the WPF framework. When there's a need, I pixel-push UI icons for both products, but from time to time, I also draw large application icons for macOS Big Sur, following the system's new aesthetics.
Together with my fellow designers from Microsoft DevDiv – the Developer Division – we joined Kendra Havens from the .NET team for a nice one-hour talk on how we design developer tools at Microsoft. We focused on accessibility, problems, funny stories about colors, and UX challenges we solve every day. If you're interested in this exciting area, please watch the video here on YouTube.
The year 2020 was challenging for all of us, and for me taking photos was a way to escape. I think these are the best five photos I made this year.
I had the honor to design application icons for Fork, the fast and friendly git client for Mac and Windows. After two years, I also refreshed the icon following the new macOS Big Sur aesthetics.
The annual Apple developer conference WWDC has just started – one of the highlights is the redesign of the macOS user interface, which besides other things, introduces a brand new style of application icons. I created a pixel-perfect template, including the grid and all export options, everything you need. So if you want to kickstart your macOS icon design, go to my Figma Community page and fork the file!
The release of Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4.4 includes numerous developments in the color representation of icons and warning and error status messages. The new appearance is easy to spot, and the new color palette is highly noticeable. Let me explain why these changes were necessary and what exactly was changed.