June 12, 2013

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A new design from your friendly megacorporation, whether you like it or not

Apple announced a major redesign of it's mobile operating system a few days ago which is, in some ways, analogous to the changes in Windows 8 that Microsoft thrust upon the market last year.

They call it simplicity. And as we discussed with the Microsoft redesign, the goal it to find an alternative to what some see as the heavy-handed nature of a skeuomorphic interface.

Whether you like the changes of not (I'm good with it), it occurs to me that, in cases such as this, design has become a dictate. With many of us getting antsy about how much control the digital world is wielding these days, I wonder how long we'll accept having a major shift like this thrust upon us at the whim of the provider?

In any case, here is the new design and some discussion about it.

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From Apple: The redesign of iOS 7...

The typefaces appear to from the Helvetica Neue family, perhaps UltraLight and Thin?

An analysis from Gizmodo...

We discussed the decline of the skeuomorphic interface last year...

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Comments

Hey Chuck!

I felt that way at first, but then I read this article which changed my mind a bit (at least the thing is actually release). Doesn't seem like such a bad idea to get the marketing people to provide a new perspective and then have the human-interface team polish it.

Haha... I don't know if that makes me feel better or worse. The more I look at it, the less interesting it seems. Dare I say it looks, in some ways, like Windows 8?

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