I build and maintain Diligence, a SwiftUI about screen library for macOS and iOS. While working on the macOS implementation, I looked at a lot of about screens. There's real variety out there and some truly creative designs, so I thought I'd showcase a few here.

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Apple

Many of Apple's apps use the standard macOS about view, as seen here in Mail and Books, but even Apple are not without variety--Music, Xcode, Simulator, and even Finder all do something a little different.

Mail

Books

Music—that icon's a bit too big

Xcode—balanced with clear action buttons

Simulator—curious typography choices

Finder—'The Macintosh Desktop Experience'

Panic

Long-time Mac developers Panic (and creators of the charming Playdate) have no shortage of personality in their about screens.

The inclusion of the two-tone Panic logo really helps bring a consistency across the apps. Even Transmit--one of their oldest apps--makes room in a standard macOS about screen for this. (I'd love to see it in Playdate Simulator too.)

Transmit—a standard macOS about screen with a clear Panic identity

Nova—information-rich with icons marking the different sections

The about screen respects Nova's glorious themes

Playdate Simulator—desperately in need of a crank

The Iconfactory

The Iconfactory's apps offer some pretty great and clean about screens, but I'd love to see a little more consistent identity across the apps. Twitterrific's about screen is perhaps one of my all time favourites--truly standout with a great balance of whimsy and function.

xScope—simple and well structured

Twitterrific—comprehensive, clear, …

… and full of easter eggs

Tapbots

Tapbots have always had a beautiful, and consistent robot aesthetic. This manifests in their icons meaning that, with little else, their about screens feel incredibly uniform.

Pastebot—a clean tabular layout showcasing the app icon

Tweetbot—quite literally a work of art

Misc.

Mastonaut—the icon button layout feels a little unbalanced but is incredibly practical

OpenEmu—leaning into that 80s aesthetic

NetNewsWire—trust Brent Simmons to use the classic RTF-based Mac about screen

CleanMyMac X—clear corporate branding and scrolling credits

CleanMyMac X—a little squashed but featuring a wonderful animated icon