Say Farewell: Apple's Skeumorphism Hall of Shame [PICS]

Kenneth Rosen
Say Farewell: Apple's Skeumorphism Hall of Shame [PICS]


Check it out: It's your own personal bookshelf, much like the one you probably have for your collection at home.

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Like the look of stitched leather around your Contacts app? Ever regarded the torn pages in your iCalendar as nostalgic, or are they just antiquated?

Former Apple Human Interface chief Scott Forstall was the man behind iOS and arguably some of these digital imitations called skeumorphisms. Apple's skeumorphism use is prevalent throughout many of its apps and interfaces. Forstall created the iOS that we use on our iDevices today. But the interface with which we've become so familiar and comfortable may soon see major changes.

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On Oct. 29, Forstall stepped down from his position after criticism of the latest Apple Maps snafu. Enraged by the loss of the ever-popular Google Maps, customers were not impressed with what they deemed a rushed release. Taking his place is the design genius and iPhone father Jonathan Ive.

A skeuomorph is "an ornament or design representing a utensil or implement" which can be about anything. Take for example the hover effect on Google Chrome tabs, or the raised buttons when hovering over the navbar of most websites. These effects simulate real-world interactions, functions that make sense in the physical world and only lend to aesthetics in the digital realm.

For years Ive had decried the use of skeumorphisms, saying that design is simple and minimalistic (see: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macbook). Now that he will head the department that oversees iOS development while continuing his role as Apple’s Industrial Design chief, major changes in interface design are surely forthcoming.

Will you miss these wooden/leathery contrivances? Let us know in the comments.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.