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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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 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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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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