Apple has long had a page dedicated to its Human Interface Guidelines ( HIG) and is frequently updating it to reflect new releases and updates to its operating systems.
Now, following the news announced at WWDC22 , the company has released one of the biggest (if not the biggest) updates in the guide’s history, making it more comprehensive and more visually friendly.
If previously the HIGs were organized by operating systems, now there is a single document with general guidelines for all platforms. At the same time, of course, they have specific guidelines for each of them on secondary pages.
HIGs are comprehensive resources for designers and developers looking to create great experiences across all Apple platforms. Now they’ve been completely redesigned and updated to meet your needs — from the first sketch to the last pixel.
Even with the redesign, the guide is still divided into “Fundamentals”, “Standards”, “Components”, “Inputs” , “Platforms” and “Technologies” — each one being represented by a color of the classic rainbow logo. from Apple and containing highly searchable subtopics.
Wonderful touches in the new Human Interface Guidelines abound; fantastic resources on inclusivity, onboarding and AR featured.
— Sebastiaan de With 🏳️🌈 (@sdw) June 7, 2022
In addition, each individual page present in the subtopics has links to videos, articles and API documentation. According to Apple, the HIGs will still gain a change log by the end of the year, which will allow us to easily know about changes and edits as they happen.
If you’re a designer and/or developer, the guidelines are a great way to stay on top of how to visually build your apps, with advice from Apple itself.