I had been forced to switch to Apple’s latest, Big Sur, recently. Which ought to be fine in general, but it comes with a very nasty and ugly problem: to look all the time at this new system typeface. When I moved on to OS 10.10.5 a few years back, restoring Lucida Grande was the very first thing I did run with my machine. Now with Big Sur, there seems not to be (yet) such a possibiliy to get rid of this horrible no-brainer typeface they force onto me.
A little research reveals: the web is full of complaints about the bad design of the new OS’s graphic interface. All type appears far too small on the screen. The system typeface looks dull and abhorrent and it’s legibility is very poor. The app icons look flat, childish, silly and boring. Windows and menu bars look anemic and fishy. To summarize: This is not an Apple Macintosh anymore.
These questions I want to forward to Apple:
- Why has Lucida Grande has been abandoned at all? It is an excellent face, proved its power as a system font for about a decade.
- Why does a piece of 12p text, in 100% mode, appears as being 8p ?
- Why a Helvetica-offspin, why such backwards tinking and obsession for the worst typography has ever seen?
- Why departing from the ethos of good design quality, why treat your faithful users so badly?
- When will I get back Lucida Grande on my Mac?
Yes, I’m upset about this. I feel this hurts, it gets very close to physical violence (hey, its my eyes!
Apple people: please listen. Please review your rationale behind those decisions and get back to good practice, good design, good treatment of your clients, good typography. If you want to be credible as stakeholders of design excellence, then you must change this. The state as it is right now is inacceptable.