Apple Music Designers Use Invisible Ink

When browsing Apple Music, I’ve found that, in many cases, it’s hard to see what I’m looking it. Lists of songs or albums are fine, but when I see an album highlighted at the top of a genre list, it’s often displayed using invisible ink.

Here are a few examples:

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To look at just one of these more closely, here’s how Titus Andronicus’ new album The Most Lamentable Tragedy looks on an iPad in landscape mode:

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The text is more visible on an iPad, both in landscape mode (above) and portrait mode.

Invisible ink6The iTunes Store app displays music much differently. It’s not much better when you tap an album to see its contents, because the entire list uses the same color scheme; in some cases, it’s hard to read the names of songs.

It looks as though the designers tried to mix things up, using different colors, notably color palettes that come from album covers. And my guess is this is all generated by algorithm, the way albums display with colors in your iTunes library. I can’t imagine a designer doing this manually.

Unfortunately, it really doesn’t work in many cases. I’d prefer banality and readability to this type of display.