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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RE: It is the circle of tech...
by Morgan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:55 UTC in reply to "It is the circle of tech..."
Morgan
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I don't think you should include a game as an example, as the whole point of a game is escapism. You don't want it to look like a computer interface (unless of course you're playing one of those "hacker" type games).

Otherwise, you're exactly right: Microsoft and Apple are both to blame for this pointless dumbing down of modern computer interfaces. I'm glad Microsoft is throwing all of that out and I hope Apple does the same.

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