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I am first and foremost a programmer and struggle to make good designs, but with changes coming to ios I am at somewhat of a crossroads when it comes to how I might handle the status bar when implementing a side menu.

See below:

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As you can see the status bar is sticking right on top. If I move the side menu down, it's just black and drowns the status bar information (i.e. carrier, wifi, etc). Even I change the status bar's color, I'm not sure moving down the menu flows well because then it is out of flush with the right side of the screen (unless I move it down as well).

Any suggestions?

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I'm not an iOS dev, but can't you hide the status bar? I have plenty of apps that hide it, especially games. It's still accessible if you pull the shade down. –  Surreal Dreams Aug 8 '13 at 3:42
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The new iOS does a lot of work specifying depth -- so the first thing I'd look at is where each of the items -- the main screen, the status bar and the slide menu -- live on a plane.

The most common use of this menu pattern I've seen is Facebook's style, where the menu lives seemingly next to the content. Of course, Facebook treats the status bar as a fixed element, so this doesn't help your particular question much.

In my opinion, I'd have the menu live above the status bar and content layers. When it slides in, it would partially obscure the status bar and content (and, with the new APIs, give it a cool background blur!)

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You need to consider the status bar as part of your view now and apply a background colour as needed in all views. Eg a purple background like you had in the top view controller.

If you could, have a visual designer review it to give you some advice.

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