Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Graphics, User Interfaces "Though 'flat design' is a popular meme right now, there is something much, much deeper going on here at Microsoft. With my own lifelong passion for design I immersed myself in the community and got a front-row seat on a journey that has its roots as far back as the late '90s with Encarta's bold use of typography and clean interface. But it truly sprang to life in late 2010 with the launch of Windows Phone and in the last few weeks has advanced even further with Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. I started from the very place I bet you are right now - disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on design." They really are. If Apple really goes all minimalist and digital (I dislike the term 'flat') with iOS, Microsoft will have taken over the baton. Crazy world indeed.
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What am i missing
by Soulbender on Sun 9th Jun 2013 09:48 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

All I get in firefox is a huge picture of some offices (presumably at Microsoft), a right sidebar with a tablet or something and a vertical scrollbar that goes nowhere.

Oh, you're supposed to scroll horizontally.
What the hell?

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RE: What am i missing
by deathshadow on Sun 9th Jun 2013 10:23 in reply to "What am i missing"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

That's part of what I was talking about with the 'inaccessible train wreck' -- alongside the fixed px metric fonts that send me diving for the zoom, which of course breaks the layout; the text colors and background colors being too close together resulting in it being illegible, the complete lack of semantic markup making it near impossible to navigate, etc, etc...

If this is their idea of good design, whoever did it needs to be put down like old yeller.

But then, there's DESIGN and then there's DESIGN -- one is about building something functional and useful, the other is artsy fartsy nonsense designed by people who go "WCAG, what's that?!?" who could give a damn about it actually being usable to visitors, they just want their "gee ain't it neat" artsy BS.

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RE: What am i missing
by ricegf on Sun 9th Jun 2013 12:39 in reply to "What am i missing"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Exactly. If you can't design a usable blog interface, you really shouldn't be designing the next generation of a corporation's cash cow. This just explains... so... much.

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RE: What am i missing
by Lion on Sun 9th Jun 2013 12:48 in reply to "What am i missing"
Lion Member since:
2007-03-22

At first I thought "This page design is horrible!" then I opened it on my surface, and it's actually quite nice on there...

I don't really know where to take this post from here, but I thought it was kinda amusing that they'd made a webpage that's only really usable on their own devices

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RE[2]: What am i missing
by deathshadow on Mon 10th Jun 2013 02:52 in reply to "RE: What am i missing"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

Which is just more proof of the ineptitude as it REEKS of "But it works on what I designed it for, **** everything else". Great, it works on Surface... Because everybody has one of those. Again, more of Microsoft's "shtup desktop users up their tuchas" 'modern' design.

PROPER website design is about building pages that work everywhere on everything -- using semantic markup, progressive enhancement, semi-fluid elastic responsive design.

Concepts that the re-re's who crap out fixed width layouts with all the fonts declared in pixel sizes, doped to the gills with goofy "gee ain't it neat" scripting trickery and non-standard navigation methods will never understand -- to the point what I just said might as well be an alien language.

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