TvOS is the Apple TV’s operating system that was made available in 2015. Being a very new platform, designers are still figuring out how to create easy-to-use interfaces for it. Unlike apps for iPhone and iPad where there is a ton of well-designed apps to learn from, TV apps are still far from being in abundance.
I asked him to present his favourite examples of TvOS. Here’s what he sent over.
tvOS is still in it’s infancy and as such it can be tricky for designers and developers coming from the small screens of iOS to a large TV to know how things should be laid out for the big screen. Common patterns emerging are the use of large background imagery, blur and small animations.
I’d highly recommend reading the Apple TV Human Interface Guidelines. Especially regarding Visual Design, as they include some super useful guidelines about screen cropping, padding, typography and much more.
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Big thanks to Andrew! If you want to view more examples of TV interface design, be sure to check out TvOS.design.
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