It’s probably too early to worry about the look of the app, but I want the header to look like the Brainscape iOS app above. My initial attempt, after throwing out the default UIViewController, was to take a create a view that contained a navigation bar and a table view. With these in place I set out to make the status bar and navigation bar both dark and translucent so they would look like one unit and have the effect of allowing items to scroll underneath them.
After about 45 minutes of digging through StackOverflow and using trial and error. I chucked this attempt to roll my own. I dragged out a navigation controller and got what I was looking for. I hadn’t thought that this default would give me the control or look I wanted but looks like it is good, at least for now.