Origin of macOS Poof Animation

If you’ve been on a mac for a while, you may remember the poof of clouds that appeared when you removed anything from the Dock. It was kind of fun compared to today’s Remove, where when you remove somethign from the Dock, it just disappears. What you may not know is it was a mockup, and idea to stoke further conversation – which didn’t happen.

One of the most talented engineers on the team took out a piece of paper. I wish I could say it was a napkin to make the story better.

On the piece of paper, he drew a series of frames similar to what is pictured above. A quick, five frame animation. The intention of the designer was that these drawings would stoke further discussion. That it would get cleaned up and refined later.

But that never happened. It shipped as is. And the rest is history.

From Tech Reflect

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