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# Top worst UIs this year

First place: Big Sur

By a mile. So many bad decisions, so many regressions in things that were already good, things Apple was knonw for. This year Apple made me seriously consider Linux. Congratulations!

Second place: Zoom

Not created this year, but finally brought into spotlight, Zoom is a living proof that horrible UI is not an obstacle to popularity.

Third place: Yandex GO

One of the biggest russian IT companies decided to move all its services into a single superapp: taxi, meal delivery, food delivery, parcel delivery, car sharing, public transport map, self-advertisement, and of course stories. Seems like not a single person was happy about that.

# Branding fail of the year: Google icons redesign

Apps need icons so you can tell them apart. Google seems to not know that. Post:

# Great new products of the year

First place:

For opening my eyes to how much computer can do for you, and how convenient it can be. And for making me feel computers can be magic again. Make sure to watch their intro, it’s fantastically directed

Second place: 👋

As with anything new, Hey! is a mix of good and bad UI. But it has lots of great insights too, which is always great to see. Watching Jason Fried presenting Hey was almost like watching original iPhone reveal (video here: Thanks for making us question status quo!

Third place:

For making video calls and presentations fun again! Bonus points for the name. I only wish they hire UI designer soon to fix their UI.

Honorable mention:

For making me believe computers and clouds can be sane, predictable, and easy to use. Read more

Honorable mention: Apple M1.

New MacBooks can finally change resolutions and reconnect external displays without a blink. Something that’s been broken for 20+ years is finally working as expected. Preview:

# UI Videos of the Year

Your Product Sucks — Apple Music

Zoom review (in Russian)

# UI Blogs of the Year — Thanks for keeping us annoyed for another year! — Smart, funny, on point, making me laugh so hard every time!

Happy New Year to everyone!