John Moeller

Apple Music: Design Strategy

Work

Apple Music: Design Strategy

When Apple Music launched, they had hundreds of amazing curated playlists across 40 genres and 400 sub-genres, but no discernable system to navigate them. We were tasked with developing a strategy and visual system that could maintain consistency and scale across hundreds of playlists, but be faithful to the culture of the music.

I led the team at Kettle, collaborating with Appleā€™s internal leadership and presenting our progress to their team in Cupertino each week over two quarters. We did a deep creative explore of strategic concepts, art direction, visual treatments, iconography, CGI, and illustration to create navigational hierarchy and unity. Guided by Apple leadership, we developed a modular visual system, providing solutions for scaling by iconography, typography, and pure art direction that their team could use as a roadmap to produce and develop assets for playlists in-house.

The work has integrated into the core of their current system and the DNA of the ever-evolving Apple Music product.

Creative Direction. Agency: Kettle

Selected Hits
We developed a modular visual system, providing solutions for scaling by iconography, typography, and pure art direction. Below are just a few favorites from our extensive explore.

Today
Apple music as it exists now.