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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by wocowboy on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 12:26 UTC
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The article makes some good points. The fact that the iPhone 5 is selling like hotcakes, faster than Apple can make them, sortof belays all the whining against skeuomorphism from all the technorati and pundits. It has become the rage among them to gripe about it and call it uncool lately, but the great mass of consumers has so far indicated that they either don't care or really like it, and there's nothing wrong with that. The ultimate test will be to see how Windows Phone 8 does in the market place over the next few months, which, along with the "desktop" version of Windows 8, have moved just about as far away from skeuomorphism that one can get. I will be among the first to say I don't care for the stitching in some iOS apps, but I do understand why its there and do agree that such touches need to be used with a definite degree of restraint, or they do start to become tacky.

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