Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2012 11:39 UTC, submitted by RichterKuato
Windows Metro is beautiful and elegant. It works wonders on my HTC HD7, and I'm pretty darn sure it's going to work just many wonders on tablets later this year. However, Microsoft also expects us to use Windows 8's Metro on our desktops with mice and keyboards - and in that scenario, I can't really see it work any wonders. The Verge user Sputnik8 decided to see what Metro would look like applied to a more regular desktop. The results are... Stunning.
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pandronic
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2006-05-18

With all due respect your screen shot looks awful. As a developer and a designer I like the new minimalism trend. But there are a couple of problems with the current state of things.

First of all, designers took over and axed a lot of features for the sake of design ("we can't fit this or that feature into our beautiful minimal design, so it has to go ..."). This brings us to our second problem: users like yourself who think that minimalism=fewer features and less capable applications.

I'm not blaming you the user for this second problem though, because you are just reacting. I blame the designers. Each of this dudes should be forced to fill the biggest blackboard they could find with the phrase "I will not cut features for design's sake and I won't make my users do an absurd amount of actions to get to a feature, just to have fewer buttons".

In my work as an application developer I confess that I'm a minimalist. But instead of cutting features I try to think like my users and offer them all the tools they need at a certain moment in time, not everything all the time. I try to anticipate and study their workflows to see what they need and when. As for padding and empty space, they have their roles besides just looking nice sometimes - they help you make sense faster of what's presented to you.

So, to sum it up - don't blame minimalism, blame bad designers.

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dorin.lazar Member since:
2006-12-15

It may be that the screenshot has sentimental value and I over-value it. ;) No problem there.
On the other hand, as a developer, I know why I would prefer minimalism. But I don't, and the reason is that it's darn ugly - it's not that I don't like the lack of features, I got used to that. I don't like the interface, plain and simple.
I know it's easier to write HTML and not care about how it looks. Make it all white (white interfaces really really hurt the eyes, nobody got it yet?) and scrap some random text here and there. It's easy to build UIs like that. Prototype easy, ship fast via http. The whole point is to make everything look like a dumb microsoft.com page from 15 years ago. And I do hate the designers - they are to be blamed, but they all adopt minimalism because they think we are idiots, and we need everything spaced out like we're infants... Now, in a 1920x1080 resolution you get less information than on 640x480. AND FOR THAT I blame minimalism.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

What would be an example of your ideal interface?

Now, in a 1920x1080 resolution you get less information than on 640x480. AND FOR THAT I blame minimalism.


There's nothing to blame. A 1080p res in 22'' is useless because the major OSes don't scale properly. On the other hand even if you have the space it doesn't mean that you must fill it at all costs with tens of buttons and toolbars. I believe that a UI must be powerful enough to do everything you need, while having an almost 0 learning curve. It can be done, but not by anyone.

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