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Contemporary design throwbacks - iOS7 and Munich '72

It's always been interesting to me how design is so often cyclical - hairstyles, clothes, car designs from bygone eras often come back into fashion.

Apple's recently announced iOS7 upgrade represents a major shift in the look and feel of the popular mobile platform - possibly the biggest since the iPhone was first announced.

The new colours, icons and the whole design aesthetic are challenging to many, but personally I like it.

Commentary on a few recent podcasts has shown connections to the style employed in the appearance of the icons and even the fonts in the operating system, with the promotion, signage and brand of the Munich 1972 Olympics. Comparing the two, you could almost be forgiven for thinking that they maybe even used the Munich poster as their base colour palette!

What do you think?  Striking, isn't it? 

Anyway.  I'm very fond of iOS7 and can't wait for it's public release.  Quite apart from the design, the new interface has a very crisp feel and features such as the parallax effect give depth and dimension to this overall 'flatter' redesign.  There are loads of other great features which are documented elsewhere and I'm excited to see this new direction that Apple has taken.

Also, for me it is a great deal about the new look design.  I've always been a sucker for all things 70s and retro.  Especially some of the shoes from the era, like these (my absolute favourites which are a daily wear) the classic vintage Adidas SL72 Vintage Trainers, which, you guessed it, were launched for the Munich 72 Olympics.

Inspiration for the new Safari icon anyone?! ;)

Munich 72 Olympics Poster

Munich 72 Olympics Poster

iOS7 Homescreen - Notice any similarities?

iOS7 Homescreen - Notice any similarities?

Adidas SL72 Vintage Trainers - Released for the Munich Olympics in 1972

Adidas SL72 Vintage Trainers - Released for the Munich Olympics in 1972