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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Modern is more than a word
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Sun 9th Jun 2013 07:17 UTC in reply to "Modern is just another word"
Torbjorn Vik Lunde
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2009-09-04

Modern, or more accurately modernistic is way more than a style. It’s a design/arts philosophy and to a certain degree an general ideology.

Work that references the style of 50s/60s modernist design probably does cycle, but I don’t know if we can say that modernism in the true sense of the word actually cycles (or maybe it does… I’m not a historian). It’s ironic and a bit sad that these does cycle since modernism as design philosophy strongly rejects cycles, trends and fashion. Some designers (like Massimo Vignelli) even designs the same way today (more or less) as they did 30 years ago.

Some reading for those who are interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Typographic_Style
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functionalism_(architecture)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_architecture

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