Apple Hires Jan-Michael Cart to Improve iOS Notification Center

Posted on December 13, 2011 by

Apple has hired Jan-Michael Cart, known for creating demos of proposed Notification Center tweaks, to intern with the company for the next seven months.

From Ars Technica:

Cart, currently a junior majoring in Mass Media Arts at the Univeristy of Georgia (go Bulldogs!), specializes in video and graphic design. He has recently begun experimenting with Xcode and learning about iOS development, according to his website. With the release of iOS 5, Cart began creating videos to demonstrate his ideas for improving its Notification Center feature.

Before the introduction of iOS 5 in October, iOS notifications were very basic, modal, and difficult to manage. The new Notification Center and a redesigned approach to notifications offered a vast improvement as part of iOS 5, but while the changes were generally welcomed by most users, Notification Center has faced its share of criticisms. This included buttons that are too small to use reliably, its inconsistent use of Apple’s now-ubiquitous linen texture, and a limited integration with other iOS functionality.

Cart has a number of ideas for improving Notification Center, including collapsible notifications, a persistent status bar badge, and user-customizable widgets for quick access to certain app features. And luckily for Cart, it appears that his ideas—as well as his ability to demonstrate those ideas with animation and video—have caught Apple’s eye. Cart will spend the next seven months as UI/UX Design intern at Apple’s Cupertino campus.

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