The longer I use my iPhone, the fewer the apps change that I frequently use. So while these apps have been sitting for a long time on my phone home screen, I still make frequent mistakes in tapping the right one. Some lessons here that are also applicable to presentation design.
  • Colour is the first differentiating factor I look for (and the reason I make most mistakes: Apple Music and Strava, Twitter and Skype)
  • Cacophonies of colours do not work, newsstand, photos, are all recognised as colourful clutter
  • Complicated graphics, or trying to fit in typography does not work. Very simple shapes stand out. And surprisingly, shadows of human postures (Amazon Kindle, the local taxi hail app), the brains is somehow trained to recognise these.