Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 03:27 UTC
Microsoft "This week marked the real launch of the new home page. And as someone who has been involved on and off with the project from the moment it was conceived, I thought I'd tell you the story, albeit extensively abridged, behind the new Grab a seat." I love the new Microsoft site. It looks very clean and focused.
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Must everything now be about 'touch'?
by TM99 on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 08:16 UTC
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It seems as if everything now has to be designed with the simple Tablet or mobile user in mind. There is so much white space. There are so many large buttons and tabs for fat fingers on touch displays. I am not really all that impressed with this from a design perspective.

And before someone goes off on my complaint as being resistant to change, it is not. Change is inevitable and yet it is also evolutionary and incremental. Well thought out changes in anything invite the new while retaining a connection to what was foundationally sound and right in the old.

This is something different. This is 'pop' design. Everyone must do it the same. So very little real innovation here, just another sad attempt to follow the market leader even if that market leader is heading for a cliff.

The one thing I can be thankful for is that humans are predictable. Popular fashions come and they go. The pendulum has swung in one direction, and it will swing back in the other direction at some point in the future. Maybe then, a nice balance can be found. We shall see.

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