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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Is the matter so black and white?
by Dr.Mabuse on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 23:45 UTC
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While I get the point many are making against skeuomorphic design (particularly on issues for example when an e-reader wastes space showing a book's spine) totally functional minimalism should probably not be the last word either.

One the comments (from aepxc) on that article made a good point: Some ornamentation is nice to have from the user's perspective, introduces some familiarity to the design and as long as it's not overcooked (and compromising the functionality) then what's the issue?

Effective minimalism, therefore, is one that tries to produce the least amount of pattern-breaking and dissonance, not one that tries to remove all ornament.


When I look at Metro, it really does leave me cold. Apple GUI's always looked pretty swish to me. But hey, I still like the look of the pre-XP classic Windows 2000 GUI too, so what do I know? :-P

Finally, the article was clearly going for the controversial angle. I doubt many people believe Microsoft actually has better taste than Apple. Pretty cheap journalism! Are they that hard up for hits?

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