Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jul 2012 13:46 UTC
Apple "If you're eagerly awaiting Microsoft's Windows 8 Metro interface, due in late October, then you might be interested in obtaining it a little earlier for an iPhone or iPod Touch. Metroon, a Dreamboard theme for jailbroken iOS devices, does just that - providing a near-perfect replica of Microsoft's Metro interface." Up until 4-5 years ago, one of the most popular skinning activities was to make Windows look like Mac OS X. These days, people are putting loads of effort into bringing Metro to iOS (or Android). Subtle, but telling, shift. A few weeks ago, I upgraded my dad's iMac to Lion. His first response when opening the Address Book: "god that's tacky. Yuck!" The sooner this anachronistic skeuomorphism dies, the better.
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Slightly off topic
by bloodline on Wed 11th Jul 2012 15:03 UTC
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Sorry that I'm going off topic here, but Thom, why don't you build your own perfect UI? It wouldn't take much to knock a working example together in in C using SDL or JavaScript (with the Canvas element)... You could build a working mock up incorporating your favourite ideas in UI design and get support for what you really want! In the immortal words of Depeche Mode "Don't just stand there and shout it, do something about it"!

Just a thought! ;)

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RE: Slightly off topic
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 11th Jul 2012 15:18 in reply to "Slightly off topic"
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2005-06-29

Does designing (NOT coding, Tess is doing the real work) the next version of OSNews count?

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RE[2]: Slightly off topic
by bloodline on Wed 11th Jul 2012 15:21 in reply to "RE: Slightly off topic"
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Does designing (NOT coding, Tess is doing the real work) the next version of OSNews count?


I guess a bit, yeah... But I was thinking more about a general purpose Operatig system UI...

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RE[2]: Slightly off topic
by zima on Mon 16th Jul 2012 01:25 in reply to "RE: Slightly off topic"
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2005-07-06

Does designing (NOT coding, Tess is doing the real work) the next version of OSNews count?

So for how long this redesign goes on already? ;)

(and, funnily, I think I had a sort of nightmare about it once, during a nap right after reading & posting on OSNews - IIRC, the colour scheme in dream version of the site was a combination of blacks and oranges; curiously, basically am optical negative)

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RE: Slightly off topic
by Radio on Wed 11th Jul 2012 15:26 in reply to "Slightly off topic"
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Not everybody is a problem-solver. Some are only problem-finders. Those are two different jobs: finding problems requires a cold analytical eye, problem-solving requires imagination.

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RE[2]: Slightly off topic
by Laurence on Wed 11th Jul 2012 16:00 in reply to "RE: Slightly off topic"
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Not everybody is a problem-solver. Some are only problem-finders. Those are two different jobs: finding problems requires a cold analytical eye, problem-solving requires imagination.


This is so true. Often problem finders are criticised as nit-pickers, but sometimes it takes a 3rd party to point these things out. Even some of the most talented designers can get so engrossed in their own project that some of the small details get forgotten.

And don't get me started on how developers don't always make good designers (and visa versa).

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