Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jul 2013 16:09 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "In its desire for authenticity, the Modern design movement curbed the ornamental excess of the 19th century, making design fit the age of mass production. Today, we're seeing the same desire for authenticity manifest itself in the 'flat' trend, which rejects skeuomorphism and excessive visuals for simpler, cleaner, content-focused design." Fascinating perspective on the whole digital vs. analog design debate by Dmitry Fadeyev.
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by Treza on Tue 16th Jul 2013 20:42 UTC
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How is removing textures and shadow and reliefs makes anything "authentic"?
It is not enough to follow the trend, they want to convince that it is the _right_ thing and everything else is ugly.

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RE: Authentic
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 16th Jul 2013 21:31 in reply to "Authentic"
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A texture is a pattern that is often intended to make something ( a blob on your screen look like something else like wood or shiny metal) while shadows are places where light is not. Applications are not trees or Cadillacs or seats in a gulf stream jet. Therefore removing things that make them look like something they are not, makes them more authentically whatever it is that they are.

That's the thought anyways. Whether or not you agree with it is a different matter. I think its too reductionist.

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RE: Authentic
by Luminair on Tue 16th Jul 2013 23:30 in reply to "Authentic"
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rejecting the look of "real" things makes sense because we are not real. anti-skeuomorphism people are completely logical in our own minds, and that is where we will stay forever.

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RE: Authentic
by kwan_e on Tue 16th Jul 2013 23:37 in reply to "Authentic"
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How is removing textures and shadow and reliefs makes anything "authentic"?

You have to understand that they mean it in a design lingo sense.

For example, you can have fonts that are "human", or "humanist". I have no idea what that's supposed to mean, other than some design bollocks that tries to make itself sound more important than it is.

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RE: Authentic
by thesunnyk on Wed 17th Jul 2013 00:06 in reply to "Authentic"
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Amazingly I wrote about this myself like a day ago.

The key is understanding that the visual style is supposed to reflect the underlying mechanics, the "how it works" instead of putting new metaphors in the way. If you look at industrial equipment touchscreens, you'll notice that the design there has always tended towards being flat, and it will always be that way. The reason is that those machines are often resource constrained and coded as simply as possible, thus authentically referring to the code below.

Article here:

Edited 2013-07-17 00:06 UTC

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RE[2]: Authentic
by jgfenix on Wed 17th Jul 2013 07:41 in reply to "RE: Authentic"
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Which is easier to remember: "I am reading page 34" or "I am reading line 2315"?
Visually depicting something as a page (even if you can scroll) enables better organization and measurement.

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