Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 01:11 UTC, submitted by Panajev
Apple "Earlier this week Apple fired Scott Forstall, the architect of its iOS platform, and handed his duties over to the company's chief industrial designer, Jonathan Ive. Ive and Forstall had an infamously chilly working relationship, and one of their biggest disagreements was over the role of so-called 'skeuomorphic' design in Apple's products. Forstall, like his mentor Steve Jobs, favored it; Ive disliked it. To many observers, Forstall's forced exit looks like a vindication of Ive's stance. But if he wants to continue Apple's enviable trend of innovation, he'd be a fool to throw the baby of skeuomorphism out with Forstall's bathwater." Hoped for a thorough article on the benefits of skeuomorphism - got the age-old and intrinsically invalid excuse 'because it sells'. Windows isn't he best desktop operating system because it sells so well. Lady Gaga isn't the best artist because she sells a lot of records. This argument is never valid, has zero value, and adds nothing to what should be an interesting discussion.
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Windows is, indeed, the best operating system for all the people that are happily paying for it. If Windows wasn't the best for them, They wouldn't pay for it. But certainly Windows isn't the best for me.

My point here is "best" is a 100% subjective matter. So It's an invalid argument. Discussing about the beauty/ugliness of skeumorphism is a total waste of time. Sales are not. Sales are hard data.
That's why I think "because it sells" is one of the most accurate measure that We have. It's not perfect, but at least, It's objective and measurable.

"Because it sells" is a _much_ more powerful reason that "best" or "not best" non-sense discussions.

If skeumorphism sells... let's use it!

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