Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin, an interface designer at Spotify, is a big believer in skeuomorphism. Whereas Apple is a strong advocate of this design concept, Microsoft is clearly moving in the exact opposite direction, while Android is in the process of moving away from skeuomorphism entirely, to a more digital experience. As a passionate hater of skeuomorphism in UIs, I found Ahlin's examples to be a bit weak.
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by The123king on Fri 20th Apr 2012 22:15 UTC
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"When you really break it down, there's been very little innovation going on in iOS' user interface since its original inception, and this doesn't bode well for the future."

Or Mac OS X's interface, or classic Windows... Apple have basically been flogging the same Aqua interface since Max OS X's conception in 2001 (11 years!) and they don't have a problem shifting Macs. And what about Microsoft? Every released version of Windows since Windows 95 has the basic GUI layout and experience, and all "themed" versions of Windows (XP and above) can have the theming disabled to be brought back to a Windows 95-esque interface. Microsoft has been flogging that horse for 17 years!

Now I know Microsoft is trying to reinvent the GUI with it's clean and stylish Metro interface, But people aren't buying Windows Phones and people aren't responding well to Windows 8. Most users ARE dumb and will buy products because they have pretty graphics, not because the GUI works well. The fact that Apple can't shift iOS devices quickly enough to keep up with demand is proof of that (I recently bought the last black 64gb iPad in stock in the whole of Cambridge, UK), as is the fact that Windows Phone 7 has smaller percentage of mobile phone market share[1] than Linux does of desktop market share[2].

Not everyone is a power user, and most people who buy into computers neither know nor care how a computer fundamentally works. If it helps them do it and looks pretty whilst they're doing it, they'll buy it. If it's blank and sparse, they might not.


Edited 2012-04-20 22:19 UTC

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