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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Hmmm
by nicholasj on Thu 18th Jul 2013 11:14 UTC
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Just curious, did anyone actually read the entire article? The author is very careful to say that too much minimalism is also a mistake.

User Interfaces are inevitably a language, a means for seeking input from and providing information to a user.

For me, the 'flat' or 'digital' design movement recognizes that we are exposed to more new information in an average day than our ancestors experienced in a year. There is growing evidence that it's no good for us.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9742180.stm

I don't mean to be melodramatic, but this means there is an almost moral imperative for UI designers to do their utmost to reduce complexity and help users achieve their goals.

Most fundamentally, I want a UI to get out of my way and let me get stuff done. The clarity of digital design, and the attendant focus on interaction design is the right direction.

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