Messages Beta: Great App, Bad Icon

February 16, 2012

I am an UI armchair quarterback at best, but two things about this Messages icon bother me:

1) Aqua (and these blue stripes in particular) is on the way out. What is it doing here?

2) The ‌ellipsis (. . .) In the smaller bubble is misleading. In iOS iMessage AND OS X iChat before it, ellipsis indicate that someone is typing. It’s the precursor to a notification. When people see it, the user has an expectation that something is coming soon in that application. By putting an ellipsis in a static icon, the user is misled.

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