Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2012 11:39 UTC, submitted by RichterKuato
Windows Metro is beautiful and elegant. It works wonders on my HTC HD7, and I'm pretty darn sure it's going to work just many wonders on tablets later this year. However, Microsoft also expects us to use Windows 8's Metro on our desktops with mice and keyboards - and in that scenario, I can't really see it work any wonders. The Verge user Sputnik8 decided to see what Metro would look like applied to a more regular desktop. The results are... Stunning.
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With all due respect your screen shot looks awful. As a developer and a designer I like the new minimalism trend. But there are a couple of problems with the current state of things.

First of all, designers took over and axed a lot of features for the sake of design ("we can't fit this or that feature into our beautiful minimal design, so it has to go ..."). This brings us to our second problem: users like yourself who think that minimalism=fewer features and less capable applications.

I'm not blaming you the user for this second problem though, because you are just reacting. I blame the designers. Each of this dudes should be forced to fill the biggest blackboard they could find with the phrase "I will not cut features for design's sake and I won't make my users do an absurd amount of actions to get to a feature, just to have fewer buttons".

In my work as an application developer I confess that I'm a minimalist. But instead of cutting features I try to think like my users and offer them all the tools they need at a certain moment in time, not everything all the time. I try to anticipate and study their workflows to see what they need and when. As for padding and empty space, they have their roles besides just looking nice sometimes - they help you make sense faster of what's presented to you.

So, to sum it up - don't blame minimalism, blame bad designers.

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