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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> The era of professional, clean user interfaces is over.

If you miss Win9x, try MATE, Cinnamon, Xfce, or even KDE 4 with a "Redmond" style for Qt, Gtk, and KWin.

If you miss NeXT, try Afterstep or Window Maker.

If you miss BeOS, go contribute to Haiku.

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Dave_K Member since:

Using a minimalist NeXTSTEP, BeOS or Win9x style theme in an OS doesn't change the applications that run on it.

In my opinion the main problem today is with the design of applications, not with the theme of the GUI itself (however bloated and annoying they may be).

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