There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not to risk questioning powerful industry leaders.
If there is just one article you read this month, let it be this one. Do not skip this.
There isn’t a really a wide understanding that the main contribution made by Apple Computer to the technological world wasn’t hardware nor software but a book: “Human Interface Guidelines” for the original Macintosh. Apple Inc. is pissing on Apple Computer since the Mac Os 9 funeral.
So we have to understand that the decline in software and interface excellence began long time ago. iOs 4 and 5 era was just a short bright point that foolish a huge amount of users ( including myself ) with no good evolution.
Edited 2015-03-25 01:53 UTC
All in all, I agree it’s a good article.