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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Skeuomorphism seems to be selling
by Chrispynutt on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:50 UTC
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Thing is skeuomorphism seems to be selling. iPhones are still flying off shelves and Android phones with custom launchers are selling just as a fast. WP7 seems to be like the minimalist packaging designs on 'The Die Line', loved by designers and ignored by the general public.

Also have you seen iPhone cases, they take those minimalist lines and turn them into a gameboy, cassette tape or Angry Birds scene.

I get the whole skeuomorphism backlash and I understand the theory. However much like a lot of popular culture, bad taste seems to be the taste of the day.

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