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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Virtual Steampunk.
by tomz on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:30 UTC
tomz
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2010-05-06

The one difference in what apple used to do is the animations bore information, like a window shrinking to a specific location on the dock. Windows is mainly eye-candy. I don't want transparent menu bars, I want them small and unobtrusive. I want easy to click buttons and don't care about rounding and gradients. But now Apple is getting into the nonsense. The animations are meaningless. Instead of being able to see extra titles, we get icons on an eyecandy bookshelf or magazine rack. The spine of the book's image takes up valuable screen space. Aargh.

Gutenberg didn't come up with something that looked like script handwriting when he came up with printing.

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RE: Virtual Steampunk.
by orfanum on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 22:20 in reply to "Virtual Steampunk."
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2006-06-02

I understand the kind of argument you are trying to make but you are using the wrong example with Gutenberg: even his innovations largely emulated previous manuscript production. He wasn't printing in Courier.
http://www.slideshare.net/fpaisey/early-printed-book

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RE: Virtual Steampunk.
by M.Onty on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:52 in reply to "Virtual Steampunk."
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Gutenberg didn't come up with something that looked like script handwriting when he came up with printing.


Looking like formal script is exactly what the Gothic typeface Gutenberg used for his Bible was designed for, so he did. We just don't write longhand like that any more because its monsterously elaborate.

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RE: Virtual Steampunk.
by zima on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:08 in reply to "Virtual Steampunk."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The one difference in what apple used to do is the animations bore information, like a window shrinking to a specific location on the dock. Windows is mainly eye-candy.

Windows does those animations, too...

Gutenberg didn't come up with something that looked like script handwriting when he came up with printing.

No, you have it pretty much backwards, he came up exactly with something that looked like script handwriting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_typography#Medieval... (compare the page of Gutenberg bible there with some earlier scanned pages on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackletter ).

And #Classical_revival, just below, covers how Carolingian minuscule is the close basis for vast majority of the letters that you are reading right now (the small ones; capital letters coming from the earlier Roman square capitals), with nice scan of it from IX century.

Edited 2012-07-27 19:09 UTC

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