Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Graphics, User Interfaces "Though 'flat design' is a popular meme right now, there is something much, much deeper going on here at Microsoft. With my own lifelong passion for design I immersed myself in the community and got a front-row seat on a journey that has its roots as far back as the late '90s with Encarta's bold use of typography and clean interface. But it truly sprang to life in late 2010 with the launch of Windows Phone and in the last few weeks has advanced even further with Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. I started from the very place I bet you are right now - disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on design." They really are. If Apple really goes all minimalist and digital (I dislike the term 'flat') with iOS, Microsoft will have taken over the baton. Crazy world indeed.
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by vtolkov on Sat 8th Jun 2013 21:30 UTC
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Here is a question: what should we, old farts, do, if we dislike/hate that all-digital design? Really, if you dislike teens' music, you can continue listen classical one. You can read 19th century books, listen to old-style radio and warm-lamp vinyl, buy and restore some used car, use furniture of your grandma, but what can you do about computers? It is not that old, all this Windows-7 or Mac Osx or iOS, it is just few years old. What if I like background to be a little textured? It gives me a sense of comfort and a piece of mind? I can't read on clear white, my eyesignt is not good enouth. Unlike old-style phone with rotating disk, it does not work anymore: you need to upgrade to keep level of security and support for the latest formats and protocols. Using old OSes is just unsafe. So should we, old fars, just die and leave the space to the new generation of designers with their libido, as it usually suggested? Or we should be allowed to choose Windows/OsX/iOS Classic and live confortably surrounded by loved things and kind people?

It is more than just design question. It is a respect to user's choice. We, users, need a choice. I can choose another phone, but I can't choose another planet, if we have just one copy-pasted design on it.

P.S. Sorry for English, Im not a native speaker.

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