Hey guys. I decided to try something different. And I don’t know if it’s dumb or not! Ha.
Take a look at this home screen. I started placing apps into folders where they are all the same color. The reason: I generally know what color icon I am looking for when I am trying to quickly get an app open on my phone. So, instead of placing them in groups of the same type, I just got them into color groups. This is day 1, so I will see how happy I feel after a good test. But what I now have is one screen, with a few folders. I put Photos and activity and a few other things in the home screen and not in a folder because I tend to use them often and I wanted a balanced screen! Anyway. It’s
important to experiment, right!
I think this is brilliant!
If it works for you, it’s not a dumb idea.
Keen to hear feedback in a month’s time
IIRC CGPGrey used to arrange his homescreen by color. Not in folders but by keeping like colors together and then having kind of a “gradient” progression.
If it works for you, roll with it! I recently changed my homescreen to align with the Upgrade homescreen draft and I’m slowly getting used to it.
If it works great! I’d like to see how it survives the real word for a while.
My own is positional and the most irritating thing about iOS is that it’s impossible to accurately position icons or leave space between them on any screen. I like positional groups with some open space between similar sets of apps and I can’t do it on myiOS devices. On my main mac I basically work in 3 column view all the time as that’s faster to navigate for me.
So, now tat you are about 6 weeks into the color coding of the app folders, how has it gone? Really curious.
The short answer: Not well
Here is why. Having apps that I use fairly consistently buried in a folder ‘because they are blue,’ got old pretty quick. Having my main screen mostly consisting of folders added quite a few taps to most of my actions, even though I would quickly know what folder they were in.
Secondly, I think after a few days I also didnt like how it looked. Again, folders on the home screen dont look as pretty as putting some good app icons up there.
So, I tried a few variations over the month, but never quite stayed with it.
I have moved on to this though (see pics below).
For the iPhone, I have chosen 12 of the most common and good looking apps, and screen 2 has 11 more, plus a folder (That sticks with the color coding, for the most part. I.e. the icons in the folder are grouped in their colors).
So far I am liking it. The screen with just 12 apps (plus the docked ones) is nice and clean, and the stuff I dont use much is on one folder on screen 2.
Also, I am trying a new thing with my ipad layout. It only really works in portrait (which I use mostly for my work). But check that out. I am enjoying the idea of it (for now).