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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phoudoin, are doing it too...Argh!

Just as IOS isn't proof that people like skeumorphic UI, Android isn't proof that people don't like skeumorphic UI. Sales numbers by themselves CAN NOT prove such things.

Here's what I'm going to do. I've never attempted this before, but I've created a poll on surveymonkey. I urge everyone to fill it out.

I know we're not representative of users at large, but this is really what you'd have to do across the general population to find statistical correlation between device choices and specific device characteristics.

Edit: I failed to dogfood the survey, but I've fixed it now. Please follow the new link to the survey!

Edited 2012-11-03 20:01 UTC

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