Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 01:11 UTC, submitted by Panajev
Apple "Earlier this week Apple fired Scott Forstall, the architect of its iOS platform, and handed his duties over to the company's chief industrial designer, Jonathan Ive. Ive and Forstall had an infamously chilly working relationship, and one of their biggest disagreements was over the role of so-called 'skeuomorphic' design in Apple's products. Forstall, like his mentor Steve Jobs, favored it; Ive disliked it. To many observers, Forstall's forced exit looks like a vindication of Ive's stance. But if he wants to continue Apple's enviable trend of innovation, he'd be a fool to throw the baby of skeuomorphism out with Forstall's bathwater." Hoped for a thorough article on the benefits of skeuomorphism - got the age-old and intrinsically invalid excuse 'because it sells'. Windows isn't he best desktop operating system because it sells so well. Lady Gaga isn't the best artist because she sells a lot of records. This argument is never valid, has zero value, and adds nothing to what should be an interesting discussion.
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As long as people have a wide range of choices to choose from, then sure...but it's not always so strait forward.

For starters, there are monopolies:

- If you want to fly from point A to B, your local airport may not give you a choice of airlines.

-If you want internet, your local options may not give you a choice of services.

Second of all, there's coercion:

- Your employer/clients may require you to use a specific platform that is not of your choosing to connect remotely.

Thirdly, there's lack of meaningful choice:

- If you go to vote, your election many not have candidates who give you meaningful choices in your eyes.

- Your hardware store lacks quality faucets, so you buy a bad plastic one instead (happened to me).

It's wonderful to have as many choices as we sometimes do, but sometimes people forget that there aren't always *ideal* choices. Unless we're filthy rich, we usually cannot get exactly what we want. I'm not whining about it, it's just life.

If you really want to know what someone believes is best, why not just ask them instead of assuming their purchases speak for them?

Edited 2012-11-04 05:06 UTC

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telns Member since:

You made some good points. However, I would say the answer is both in asking (talk) and in purchasing (action).

Both sources tell you something about the person's preferences--whether stated or revealed--and since neither source can offer a complete picture, neither source should be disregarded.

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zima Member since:

If you really want to know what someone believes is best, why not just ask them instead of assuming their purchases speak for them?

Cognitive biases. Go through a list of them), veblen goods. In reality, we have relatively poor grip on ourselves, what makes us tick.

Also consider: veblen goods (very much desired, but not many can have them & with skewed overall demand dynamics),

(of course I'm not saying that direct surveys aren't useful, when properly made & used)

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