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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There are many things that bother me in Lion. Well no, mainly two things. Contacts and iCal. Good Lord, they are ugly.

However, there is another theme that seems to be repeated in these comments and that's how systems were somehow easier (ergo more correct) in the days of yore. I can't help but feel it's because we expect so much more and we get things done so much faster now that we really take for granted how far things have come.

We expect to be able to navigate and send data between applications so quickly that maybe the old Apple UI guidelines type approach (i'm talking about when every window had to look and behave the same) might make it more cumbersome, not less.

Just a thought...

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