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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MacOS Design
by shotsman on Sun 9th Jun 2013 12:00 UTC
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While I'm no expert here it seems to me that the old MacOS screen design is pretty flat. There wasn't much you could do back in the days of B&W displays.

Possibly like the first version of DECWindows.

From my limited use of MacOS it seemed simple, uncluttered and well, dare I darn easy to use.

If Apple resort to a 'flat' design how many nay sayers/ apple haters will just say that they have copied Microsoft? Could it be possible that it was the other way round. This is all rather sad and we should just get on with life and focus on the more important things in it.

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