[The Comeback of Fun in Visual Design](https://applypixels.com/blog/comeback): by Michael Flarup for Apply Pixels via [MacStories](https://www.macstories.net/linked/michael-flarup-on-big-surs-new-design/) > What Apple is essentially saying here is that “judicious expressiveness” is allowed. A lifelike rendering style is encouraged. A designer’s perspective on the macOS Big Sur app icons has given me new insight to the potential impact behind the shift. [[iOS and macOS Overviews – MacStories|I was not a fan at first blush]]. I’m still not sold on all the changes, but I do have a better appreciation for them. Definitely worth a read. > With this approach Apple is legalising a visual design expressiveness that we haven’t seen from them in almost a decade. It’s like a ban has been lifted on fun. This will severely loosen the grip of minimalistic visual design and raise the bar for pixel pushers everywhere. Your glyph on a colored background is about to get some serious visual competition.