Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Sep 2012 20:28 UTC
Apple Ah, skeuomorphism - my favourite punching bag. Austin Carr has spoken to former Apple designers and people within the company, and they're all confirming there's a rift within Cupertino between people who want to move away from skeuomorphism, and people who want to retain it as much as possible, and even want to expand it. Since I've long hoped for Apple to ditch this "visual masturbation", as one former Apple designer calls it, I'm happy to learn not the entire company supports skeuomorphism.
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It made me wonder...
by cjlucas on Thu 13th Sep 2012 11:53 UTC
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if the people who started to do Skeuomorphism in design for applications are either related or the same people who came up with the UI for third party device managers for Windows; for example, the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel or the RealTek Audio Manager. While these device managers are functional, they look alien to the rest of the system as though they were designed to fit into some custom theme that you'd run into on DeviantArt. Sometimes, they have a cool look and would like to be applied to the rest of the system, but most of the time I have this urge to close the device manager as quickly as possible. I guess that's the correlation I have in my mind: almost all of the Skeuomorph examples I've seen makes me want to close the application and not take it seriously.

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