Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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It is the circle of tech...
by HangLoose on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:48 UTC
HangLoose
Member since:
2007-09-03

...just like in lion king.

Remember when Microsoft tried that with Win 98? With the pin ball machine game, there was also a dialer and I remember an envelope (cant pin point where). And then came OSX with the "polished metal" looks and boy it was pretty.

Now tables have turned, MS is the UI inovator and Apple is stuck with the old and tired polished metal looks+weird-leather-casing-for-contact-book.

Funny.

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RE: It is the circle of tech...
by Morgan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:55 in reply to "It is the circle of tech..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't think you should include a game as an example, as the whole point of a game is escapism. You don't want it to look like a computer interface (unless of course you're playing one of those "hacker" type games).

Otherwise, you're exactly right: Microsoft and Apple are both to blame for this pointless dumbing down of modern computer interfaces. I'm glad Microsoft is throwing all of that out and I hope Apple does the same.

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HangLoose Member since:
2007-09-03

I don't think you should include a game as an example, as the whole point of a game is escapism. You don't want it to look like a computer interface (unless of course you're playing one of those "hacker" type games).


oops.. my bad. ;) that makes perfect sense.

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