Apple and the future of design
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:36 AM
I was so hoping that 2013 would be the end of it—not necessarily the style, but the word and discussion of it. I see it's not going to happen...
So, my own opinion: if Windows 8 represents the opposite of it, then pour me some good skeumorphism on my OS.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
I think this is a pretty broad generalization. For better or worse, PalmOS and Windows Mobile devices were far from "simplistic." Symbian, too, was a very robust and powerful mobile OS. If anything, the iPhone and iOS were the "simplistic" entrants.
"Advertisements for the iPhone and iPad never discuss features; they show human beings using the devices to enrich their lives."
Another bit of over-generalization. Take the latest "noise-cancelling" ad from Apple and AT&T. It spends 30 or 60 seconds explaining one single (today taken-for-granted) feature of the iPhone.
You're right about app design, though. And for sure that's something that came from the Mac. Consistent interfaces, cues, and commands have always made Apple's operating systems a joy to use.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:01 PM
1) I think that "skeumorphism" has a longer that imagine history at Apple.
1984's icons were symbolic representations of objects.
NeXT's OS and Mac OS X change this to be more like the "icons" of the Greek Orthodox/Russian Churchs… pieces of art.
So, "copying" reality in place of "symbolizing" it is like 20 years old.
2) There is something "strange" about "skeumorphism", at least in my opinion, in actual Apple's software.
In one hand, there is the "calendar" type of skeumorphism. One can like or dislike the type of calendar copied, but it is similar to —at least— a real calendar.
On the other hand, there is the skeumorphism of iBooks and Newstand.
Who, in hell, has a library with four books by shelf and facing front?
Or a News stand so pretty and ordered?
So, an iBooks shelf with books' backs (and, maybe, a overflow viewing) would be, from my point of view, more skeumorphism that this pseudo-idealistic approach.
As for Newstand… I leave it free to your imagination!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:13 PM
That is until you've had your identity/personal data stolen because your control of your individual modules of data called "files" has been taken away from you by the OS designers so that you don't have an independent means of encrypting those "files," and the hacking community has found a way to bypass security measures in the OS.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:50 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:03 PM
The rot started with that abomination, the Dock, which has got progressively worse, with every iteration.
Apple has taken the notion that hiding things is making things simpler. No, it is just making the user waste most of their time trying to find where Apple has hidden it, or giving up, assuming that the feature simply doesn't exist, because they can't find it.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:29 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:12 PM
Couldn't agree more. Windows 8 devices look like they were designed to appeal to pre-adolescents.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:31 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:40 PM
iOS has two different languages: the symbolic one (the share icon, for example), similar to what you can find when driving or at the airport. And the pictorial one, like the fake leather. One of the two has to die.