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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The bigger issue is that we're moving away again from the document-centric ideal, back to an application-centric world...

In a document-centric world, applications must get out of your way and hence they ought to be as consistent and unobtrusive as possible...with document calling individual components instead of entire applications.

I swear, there are times when I wonder if you and I are long lost brothers or something; I feel like I'm reading my own quotes up there. I've been pushing for a return to document/workflow-centric paradigms for many years now, but I think you're right: We are losing that war.

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