Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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Both Apple and Microsoft can do better
by laffer1 on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:33 UTC
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I find that modern OS X is a nightmare with the leather bound address book and ugly iCal. Windows 8 looks like a children's toy with the colorful boxes. The era or professional, clean user interfaces is over. it really started going down with Windows XP on Microsoft's side and Lion with Apple, although let's not forget the brushed metal look they experimented with.

I've experimented with this real world object idea on an app. Eventually, I came to my senses because it truly was ugly. I had a "journal" view for a blogging app.

It's like every developer at Apple and Microsoft have forgotten history. Are all the old timers gone who remember Microsoft Bob and the Quicktime 4? It wasn't just them either. Some people may remember Packard Bell Navigator. (computers shipped in the mid 90s had it)

I don't think it's limited to desktops either. Some of the new mobile apps I've seen are just as hideous and it's even showing up on the web in some places. The era of ugly is upon us.

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