Apple and the future of design
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:44 AM
Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:57 AM
The game Letterpress works with the minimal depth and lack of skeuomorphism. Clear on the other hand is useless to me. OmniFocus is becoming more and more critical to my being able to keep track of what I do, and it's interface is rather complex, and ripe with skeumorphic goodness.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
It's worth pointing out that the hatred of skeuomorphism is not only based on design grounds. The dislike of people like myself (techie engineering types) is based primarily on the fact that mimicking an old-fashioned analog device limits you to only what that old-fashioned analog device can do.
Let's take the example of the calendar. A paper calendar SEEMS like a fine tool, a good starting point for both the UI and the internal design of a calendar program. BUT have you ever used a calendar program in the modern international fly-across-borders world? It completely falls apart!
How well does your calendar handle multi-hour flights?
There is an initial issue based on timezones --- does 5PM on the calendar mean 5PM in the timezone where I write down the meeting, or does it refer to 5PM in the timezone where the meeting will occur?
But it's even worse than that with flights, because the beginning and end of the flight occur in different timezones.
The problem here is that paper calendar metaphor has given you completely the wrong idea. An event (technically, at the level of the data structure) should NOT be a "date-like" string; it should consists of an array of space-time-points. Time represented as something like a Julian second (ie seconds since some starting point), space as something like a latitude+longitude, array because while most events occur in one place, some like flights "occur" in multiple places.
Once you open your mind to this sort of representation, now you have so many more things you can do. For example, if all your calendar events have an accurate location tied to them, you can throw a bucket of to-do errands into your calendar and have your phone calculate the optimal path for driving from one errand to another. Or you can have your phone automatically bring up directions at the same time that it gives you a notification about an upcoming event.
But if you insist on providing a perfect analog of a paper calendar, ALL you will have is a paper calendar.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:31 AM
Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:30 AM
People like you are why Comic Sans still exists.