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December 31, 2012

With any luck, design like this is on the way out

Jonathan Ive is taking over Apple's Human Interface Group.

Scott Forstall, the SVP in charge of iOS, was a big fan of skeuomorphism. That's the tacky design practice whereby you place visual elements from old media into new media, i.e., needlessly adding graphics of a spiral binding at the edge of the screen to make an app look like a physical notebook. As per his position at Apple, Forstall had the juice to have skeuomorphism integrated into the software of the products.

Jonathan Ive is reportedly not a fan of skeuomorphism, but as his domain was previously limited primarily to the physical design of Apple's products, there was little he could do about it.

Via Core77's year in review: Designing Nostalgia.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 31, 2012 10:27 AM