People are opinionated about the applications they use everyday. The GTD community and the OmniFocus customer base in particular are very vocal and try to influence the direction that the software takes. This is generally a great thing as it creates a relationship between customer and developer with both learning from each other. It becomes a very powerful conversation if someone puts as much effort in his improvement ideas as Chris Sauvé did in his comprehensive (70+ mockups) design case study envisioning a different UI for OmniFocus for iPhone.
Chris, who is also the brain behind the most complete project template script for OmniFocus for Mac, went all the way to create a very consistent concept. He started this work before the introduction of iOS 7 at WWDC and I am wondering if and how it would look different if he started today.
There are many things I like about his approach, but at times there seems to be a little more clutter than clarity. By trying to make all possible attributes and actions available at one touch, Chris creates an overwhelming choice for the user. Simplicity seems to be even more at the heart of current UI design paradigms and as iOS evolves OmniFocus will evolve alongside of it. Ken Case talked about the influence that Apple's latest iOS redesign will have in my recent interview with him.
We all like a smooth, easy-to-use and current looking todo list application that makes capturing, process, organising, completing and reviewing tasks & projects as simple as possible – but even more we want to actually get things done. When we discuss (and sometimes argue) the design of our most used application, we should remember that people have achieved incredible things with just pen and paper.