Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 002)

The iDB team very much depends on Apple’s Messages app as our day-to-day communications tool to keep everyone on the same page. Disregarding for a moment the ongoing iMessage reliability issues, the Messages app that comes bundled with OS X feels terribly outdated both design and feature-wise, even in Mavericks.

Basically nothing has changed since the iChat days apart from iMessage integration and a few questionable UI tweaks adding up to the overall clunkiness.

Thinking differently about the software, Palo Alto, California-based user interface designer Denis Pakhaliuk has envisioned a remarkable concept which has immediately left me speechless and wanting for more.

The awesomeness is right after the break…

Check out the renderings.

Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 010)
Looks awesome on any background!

I’m loving a lot those flattened window buttons in the upper left corner! And this below is what the designer thought the chat interface should look like.

Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 005)

The ability to continuously sync and filter iMessage-enabled contacts from my Address Book would be much welcomed. Facebook’s newly-overhauld Messenger app has a similar feature that syncs your iPhone contacts so you could message people who you’re not friends with on Facebook.

Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 003)

I am a big fan of translucency in iOS 7 and hope Apple brings it soon to OS X.

Can we have true translucency in OS X ‘Syrah’, perhaps?

Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 008)

And finally, I absolutely adore how this concepts adopts the Mac OS X desktop color scheme. Smart colors, indeed!

Messages Mac concept (Denis Pakhaliuk 009)

I for one would very gladly message people all day long using such an eye-candy app.

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In my personal opinion, Pakhaliuk’s work here is leaps and bounds better than Apple’s amateur-looking Messages for Mac. Just to reiterate, Apple’s app lacks instant syncing between devices, filters, media uploads UI and enhanced indicators for statuses – all the great features envisioned by this particular concept.

Additional renderings are available at so do check them out and come back here to join us in comments.

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  • Eni

    that’s cool

    • Daniel Beecham


  • Mike Colacone Saal

    I Like it.

  • Karlos Tırkıçyan

    Yeah, just a little effort and oula! You’ve reinvented Windows Vista Aero! … on the Mac! Hooray!

    • You were going for “voila”, not “oula”…correct? I sure hope so.

      • Karlos Tırkıçyan

        Yep! My bad 🙂

  • Alex

    Hello Aero from Windows.

    • Σαλαη αββας

      That’s what I’ve been thinking of while reading the article

  • Michael Zhang

    I wouldn’t exactly call this jaw dropping, because

    1.) it sacrifices visibility and readability for visual presentation

    2.) it looks like it’s designed by 2 different designers, with the completely simplistic (more on this in 3) bubble that encompasses the messages that the user sends completely differing from the orange bubble reply, which has a bit of gloss to it. (As seen in the 3rd screenshot)

    3.) the bubbles are barely distinguishable from very light background, as all it does is surround the message with a very lift and thin ring.

    Just my 2 cents

    • Norbi Whitney

      From what I understood, the glossy bubbles were as if she was replying from the current state of Messages, and he was talking to her from the “future”.

  • Dan

    Looks great, Apple should do that

  • Hasan

    very nice

  • The flattened window buttons is something that must come to the next OS release. I’m still wondering why didn’t they unified the looks of Mavericks with iOS 7.
    But more than that: that guy seems to message a lot of hot chicks 😛 Lucky him

    • bn326160

      Probably because the OS X and iOS design team work seperately, just like the iOS and iPad team worked separately and the iPad 1 still had iOS 3 running while iPhones had iOS 4

      • Yeah, I imagined, but since the idea was to unify the user experience between devices, it should’ve been more reasonable to adapt the iOS7 look to Mavericks, no? Also, Ive was looking forward to end with all the Skeuemorphisms, so I don’t see how they did half of the job, just on iOS but not in OSX.

      • bn326160

        You don’t have any Skeuemorphisms anymore in Mavericks

      • Mr_Carter2

        Take one look at that god-awful Game Center app and then come back and tell me that again

  • Shurmano reshulón

    Please, noooooooooooooo!!! ((╬ಠิ﹏ಠิ))

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I am happy with the messages app. It does what it is supposed to do. I have never though it was dull…..but then again Im not the one trying to come up with headlines to get page views.

  • bn326160

    Looks great! I don’t mind if it looks like Aero, I love Windows 7’s UI. But OS X feels much more like home, especially compared to Windows 8.

  • Mac Ada

    Im TOTALLY ready to see the sights from this Emeline Keathley 😛

  • Stephen Hagans

    I dig it for the most part, especially the chat bubbles but not so sure about making the contact list completely translucent. Partly, sure. Small accents, ok. But if you do, put a setting in there allowing the user to adjust how see through it is. Something like terminal….

    • Stephen Hagans

      But I am all for flattening OSX… Cant wait!

  • bn326160


  • Hussain Alsanona

    I love it

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    It is so sexy! I want the entire OS revamped with that beautiful design!

    • marcus1324

      Cross your fingers!!!

  • lompi129

    I’m digging it.

  • Awesmome 🙂

  • onebyone_

    2014 OSX: say hello to aero.


  • marcus1324

    I need this in Syrah and I also need something similar to the new Facebook Messenger app. (Texting on Mac)

  • Isa Altintas

    Looks a bit like MIUI

  • I don’t like the buttons in the top left. They seem to clash with any background and they don’t really look like something you can click.

  • jarjar4evr

    2 years later and STILL gorgeous. WTF Apple? Get with it!

  • Mitch

    Jaw dropping? It looks like trash. Looks like Windows 10 or something. Next