Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Sep 2012 20:28 UTC
Apple Ah, skeuomorphism - my favourite punching bag. Austin Carr has spoken to former Apple designers and people within the company, and they're all confirming there's a rift within Cupertino between people who want to move away from skeuomorphism, and people who want to retain it as much as possible, and even want to expand it. Since I've long hoped for Apple to ditch this "visual masturbation", as one former Apple designer calls it, I'm happy to learn not the entire company supports skeuomorphism.
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A long time in coming
by Luke McCarthy on Fri 14th Sep 2012 11:33 UTC
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Mac OS started going off the rails with Mac OS X (actually it probably started earlier with QuickTime and iTunes). With every version it got progressively worse. It started with plastic shiny buttons, then they added some chrome, then they went all in with wood and other such garish themes. Mac OS 9 is much more beautiful to my eyes, even if it's a bit old-fashioned for modern tastes.

I really love Android's Holo (ICS) theme. It's a great example of modern, simple and tasteful design.

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