If you are using the willSet and didSet property observers in combination with @IBInspectable and prepareForInterfaceBuilder() please notice that Xcode does things in this order:

  1. Calls init(frame:) on your class.
  2. Sets all the @IBInspectable properties with the values from Interface Builder
  3. Calls prepareForInterfaceBuilder() where you might take advantage of your @IBInspectable properties again.

This leads to confusion since the values you change in Interface Builder does not take effect as they are overriden by prepareForInterfaceBuilder().

A way around this, is to check whether the property has its default value or not:

import UIKit

class MyView: UIView {
    @IBOutlet weak var nameLabel: UILabel!

    @IBInspectable public var name: String = "" {
        didSet {
            self.nameLabel.text = name

    override func prepareForInterfaceBuilder() {
        if countElements(self.name) == 0 {
            self.name = "John Appleseed"

A bug report is in the making for Apple, will update this post when/if a response is posted.

And now back to Objective-C since my vacation has ended :)