Graphic artist Jan-Michael Cart is on fire lately with his iOS 5 concept videos. After dreaming of better speech recognition, fast app switching, and Lion-style dashboard, Jan-Michael is now introducing us to a new concept: dynamic icons.

Basically, instead of displaying a push notification alert in your face, dynamic icons can transform into icons that become the notification. Doesn’t make much sense? Then watch this video and read Cart explaining his vision of dynamic icons…

Users have the option of turning on these “dynamic icons” by going to the Settings. Icons are granted the ability to change their appearance given a variety of push notifications. In turn, once the notification badge is pushed, a new icon file is displayed. These icons can have text (albeit small, but legible text due to the Retina Display), images, a mixture of the two, or something constantly changing (but based on an internal source, not using cellular data β€” a la Clock app that displays time).

I think this concept is brilliant but I wonder how practical it is. What do you think?

  • Timohty/klouud

    Great concept… Apple should hire this guy!

    • Hello

      All thats shown on the video is what he wishes iOS was like. If he gets hired by Apple, he won’t be able to make the stuff until he knows the coding languages. All he would be able to do is give ideas, which Apple gets for free in his videos, like the one shown above.

      • hello mr. literal…@timothy wasn’t actually saying he should get an actual job with apple. but he meant that he likes his ideas and they should be used in the firmware.

      • Ryan

        don’t worry @hello, I agree with you

      • Adam

        You do know that Apple has designers that design the graphics, right?

  • ahmed al-khuzae

    i love the dynamic icon
    especially the one on facebook genious πŸ™‚

    but the zoom in to be a widget ,not so much

  • Burge

    Ok he’s proved his point , he could improve iOS so much…now give him a job at APPLE …someone please..

    • Sj

      Agree !!

    • Ernesto Castellanos

      @Burge,
      Just because he made an awesome video doesn’t mean he knows how to program. Read Hello’s comment above.

      • Burge

        True..but he can show them and give very good idears..that’s my point..

      • Lando

        You seriously don’t think that every single person at apple knows how to code do you?

      • Ryan

        @Lando, to be on the iOS team, you are expected to have a deep understanding of how to code. True, apple retail employees don’t know how to code, but they aren’t making any software.

  • Ins0mniac

    I normally like his concepts a lot, but this one seems really awkward and impractical. Icons are too small to be of any use other than displaying very basic information.

    I’d much prefer full blown widgets and a separate notification system built into the status bar (something like a cross between the status bar icons as seen in ‘OpenNotifer’ , and a pull-down bar + unobtrusive notifications as seen in ‘NotifiedPro’).

  • DebTym

    AWESOME!!!! If this will not be on the iOS 5!!! At least have it on Cydia!!!

  • Personally, I think it would use up a ton of battery.

  • Funked

    It’s s cool idea, but I don’t think Apple would go for it. There’s too much going on with all the icons changing – seems to take away their “simplicity” idea, it looks like something Android would do lol. Still an interesting concept none the less πŸ™‚ Once iOS 5 is released, I think the jb community will probably create tweaks that have popped up in these concept videos (because obviously Apple aren’t going to add everything we’ve seen in the concept vids). I’m so excited for iOS 5, really can’t wait to see the new notifications! I kinda hope they add different iPad-only stuff with iOS 5 too, Apple need to make it feel more like a computer rather than a big iPod.

  • Bow

    Great concept!

  • MALdito

    Brilliant Ideas!

  • Ernesto Castellanos

    Great Concept! Much better than the previous “android/WP7” concepts. It’s very unique

  • Jason

    pretty neat idea but I also think it’ll eat up the battery- tell u the truth, I’d rather jus click on the app and view the notification in-app (facebook, for example), still a cool concept tho.

  • Dave

    Cool idea, but not very feasible or realistic. To be honest outside of a clock that shows the real time or a weather icon that indicates temperature and current state I think that most of those ideas are totally overkill. If you have to zoom in to be able to tell what is going on with the icon the value is lost. It’s just not a good paradigm.

  • Raulphz

    Will be waiting for these eagerly πŸ˜€ not to mention it’s SEXAYYYY

  • XepptizZ

    Its kinda like the wp7 tiles, but a lot uglier and i dont like how the whole screen turns into vegas. The previous concepts were much cleaner and less obtrusive. Id say the best part of this concept was the ability to turn it off.

  • Gunnar

    This is like a bad implementation of WP7 tiles.

  • Josh

    As long as they don’t constantly change like that facebook icon. As it looked fine for one or two but a full home screen of constantly changing icons would drive me crazy.

  • Andrew

    I would like to see this idea in iOS5 πŸ™‚ have live updates without opening the apps and it would appealing better to more users