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Kungsträdgården Stockholm metro station

Previously: Tekniska högskolan and Universitetet.

The last station I wanted to show is Kungsträdgården. This is the end of the blue line in the center:


Stone walls with high reliefs:

The walls are wet and in some places you can directly see the water flowing:

There is moss:

The floor end is slightly away from the walls so the water has somewhere to go:

Ribbons with stripes are everywhere:


A compass:

Things on the track wall:

Exit to city:

I also forgot to tell you that Stockholm metro sells an unlimited pass for 72 hours. Perfect for a tourist!

The pictures are from the trip in June 2016. There will be more about Stockholm, but I’m finally done with the metro.

More Stockholm metro:

Tekniska högskolan and Universitetet Stockholm metro stations

Previously: T-Centralen and Stadion.

The next station after Stadion is Tekniska högskolan:

An apple:

A crater:

Layers of something:

The next station is Universitetet:

Where the doors lead is unknown:

Letters on tiles:

More colors:


On the way:

The pictures are from the trip in June 2016.


More Stockholm metro:

Extending screens through Apple Vision Pro

At the introduction of Vision Pro, Apple showed that you could look at your watch or phone while wearing the headset, and everything would look fine. It was another demonstration that you’re not isolated from the rest of the world, and you can use all the familiar things as usual.

As for me, I thought it wasn’t cool enough. The familiar things can take on magical properties when you look through Vision Pro. For example, on iPhone or Apple Watch, things that required scrolling can fit in without scrolling.

Emcee 3.2 works in macOS Ventura

Good news everyone. The app Emcee that we made together with Alexey Blinov, now works in macOS Ventura:

If you didn’t know about Emcee:

Other apps distract with semi-transparent widgets over what you do. Yet, when you wonder what’s playing, there is no ansnwer on the screen.

Emcee is always visible. The song name does not scroll, it stands still.

Click for playback controls. Alt-Click for needle drop.

The way the menu bar works on the Mac is that if any item on the right no longer fits, it simply disappears. To prevent the OS from hiding Emcee entirely, it adapts its content based on the available space. For example, if the both the artist and the track name don’t fit, Emcee only shows the track name; if it still doesn’t fit, Emcee would at least show its icon.

Ventura sadly no longer lets menu items adapt their content based on free space in the menu bar, so Emcee was always just showing its icon. In the new version, we no longer try to adapt the content in Ventura, so if it doesn’t fit, it disappears entirely. In older macOS versions the behavior is unchanged.

We’ve also updated the app’s icon.

Typing your password over a button

Apple came up with this interface behavior that would seem strange before.

When biometric authentication is available, the password input field is hidden. But if something goes wrong, you can still enter your password. However, you can start typing the password even before pressing the “Use Password...” button — any input will take the window to the next state.

Apparently, the password interface is hidden initially for the sake of beauty, and also not to give people the false impression that the password must be entered.

The only annoying thing is that the two states of the window are of different heights, that is, when you start typing the password, the window gets bigger.

Moscow Metro Map for 2030

Together with Roman Mochalov, Nikita Dubrovin, and Di Logvinov we solved the most difficult information design problem of our time: we made Moscow Metro map for 2030. The map is very beautiful and faithful to the radial-ring geometry of Moscow:

Automatically Close Tabs in mobile Safari

Mobile Safari has a feature that automatically closes tabs. It reveals the ill-conceived nature of the interface as a whole:

The problem: tabs pile up indefinitely. This is because there is no reason to close a tab after you got from it all you wanted. However, when you create a new tab, the old ones vanish from view entirely, and don’t get in the way. It’s just that once every two months you’re horrified by the list of open tabs.

Apple’s solution: symptomatic treatment. Let’s clean up the list the user is horrified by! That is, delete user data for the sake of the pretty picture.

Scaling faces in a set

“Polytech” writes about scientists with disabilities and shows this cover image:

It’s a widespread design flaw: you put a set of similarly-shaped pictures of people side by side, but forget to adjust the scale of those pictures, and they end up very different.

It’s more neat when all faces are the same scale (colour, lighting). Minor differences in perspective or headdress can add a touch of life:

“Wired” once broke the rule of scale, but they put everyone at the same desk, dressed them in black, and colorised them in the same cinemtic teal-orange:

Matching the typography of the three languages in Israel

In Israel, many signs are given in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and English. The three writing systems are very different, but sometimes designers try to find somewhat similar fonts to make all three work together.

The idea is good in itself, but the result is often poor.

The first picture is of the light rail station in Tel Aviv:

Everything seems to be equally low-contrast, straightforward, and close to pure grapheme. But the line heights and the stroke widths are all different, so it looks very sloppy.

The second picture is of a beautiful sign at the Rehovot police station:

Each writing system is being true to itself instead of trying to mimic a foreign one, but the whole thing still looks very consistent due to the same range of stroke widths.

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