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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The results are in!
I didn't have a good place to put all the information together, so I created a blog and uploaded the data/charts there.

The data isn't surprising to me, but it might be surprising to others who thought that skeuomorphic tendencies are highly correlated to platform.

Hopefully in the future, we don't have posters claiming that owning a device implies demand for arbitrary features among users. Surveys are great tools for finding such correlations, so maybe we should try to use them more often? I'm always in favor of increasing objectivity through data!

BTW, anyone doing this in the future: avoid surveymonkey! Their "basic" account is useless because a 10 question limit is too low, and then they hold your data hostage ;)

Edited 2012-11-06 23:39 UTC

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