Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin, an interface designer at Spotify, is a big believer in skeuomorphism. Whereas Apple is a strong advocate of this design concept, Microsoft is clearly moving in the exact opposite direction, while Android is in the process of moving away from skeuomorphism entirely, to a more digital experience. As a passionate hater of skeuomorphism in UIs, I found Ahlin's examples to be a bit weak.
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Obviousness is the better objective
by theosib on Fri 20th Apr 2012 19:35 UTC
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I think whether you're an advocate or detractor of Skeuomorphism, I think your focus is wrong. When designing user interfaces, we should strive to make them obvious and unsurprising. Whether that requires an entirely novel UI element or something that resembles a physical object we're familiar with depends entirely on the application, and we should not be afraid to mix themes. In a similar vein, although I like pretty interfaces, I will advocate making someting uglier if it makes the app more usable. This allows us to make "nonsensical" (as in stylistically incompatible) combinations of UI design elements when they have clear benefit.

With regard to Photobooth, I agree with Apple's objective here. Yeah, it looks kinda stupid, but if an application is a toy, then it should have balloons and bunnies in it. The app becomes an environment with a theme that has a certain desirable emotional impact.

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