Am I the only one that likes the Brushed metal look?

Do you like the Brushed Metal Look?

  • Yes

    Votes: 49 52.7%
  • No

    Votes: 44 47.3%

  • Total voters
    93

risc

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Jul 23, 2004
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At the moment I think Tiger looks a bit dodgy, some metal here, some grey plastic looking stuff there, some white plastic over there, and some stripey white plastic looking stuff at the back. Apple settle on 1 look! Also if we must have the grey and white plastic look (whatever they are called) can they at least look the same? The different sized corners make it look a bit weird.

BRING ON LEOPARD!
 
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TheMonarch

macrumors 65816
May 6, 2005
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I like it. My PowerBook is made of metal, so the brushed metal GUI elements match quite nicely, I think.

I see why iBook/iMac owners would disagree though...
 
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el_grapadora

macrumors newbie
Jan 23, 2004
23
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USA
I do like brushed metal. It has a certain elegance, and it's not as obnoxious as, say, those wood grain finish backgrounds. (I believe there are some skins for Mozilla along those lines. But what I would like more than brushed metal would just be unity across the OS. If you're going to make an app plastic, make them ALL plastic, fer Steve's sake*.

Yes, I do have Metallifizer, but it doesn't get to all apps. And Safari looks downright ugly when it's plastic-ized.

*I'm hoping this saying will catch on. ;)

Apple settle on 1 look!
edit: I left the comp in the middle of posting, and didn't realize someone had made my point already. C'est la vie.
 
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musicalmcs8706

macrumors regular
Jan 5, 2006
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You aren't the only one

I like the brushed metal look, but I, like many others it seems, would like a more consistent look.
 
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Jay42

macrumors 65816
Jul 14, 2005
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When iTunes went "plastic," I thought that I hated the new look. I really wanted my brushed metal back. So much so that I considered reverting to an old version of iTunes. But I'm lazy so I kept it, and I have to say that it has really grown on me! Now the brushed metal looks slightly silly in comparison.

el_grapadora said:
*I'm hoping this saying will catch on. ;)
Ha, I'll comply.
 
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MacsRgr8

macrumors 604
Sep 8, 2002
7,847
1,159
The Netherlands
I don't mind the brushed metal look.

I just hate inconsistancy....

Back in the system 7 - 8 - 9 days, it would drive me up the wall. Mac OS 8 had this new look (Platinum), but many apps like Quark and Photoshop still had those old-looking black & white menus.
Kaleidescope came to the rescue!! :cool:

Now we have pretty much alot of inconsistancy:
Brushed metal (Safari, Finder winows), Aqua blue (many apps like Office), plastic (Tiger mail) and "new" plastic (iTunes 6, iPhoto '06 etc.)

I assume Leopard will get the "new" plastic look, which I find nice :)
 
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atari1356

macrumors 68000
Feb 27, 2004
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I prefer the "plastic" look that iTunes now has over brushed metal... and like others have stated, I would love it if Apple would be more consistent with the user interface.

In pre-OS X days, Apple was very adamant about have a consistent user interface across apps - but now it seems Apple is one of the worst offenders of breaking it's own guidelines. :(
 
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Mitthrawnuruodo

Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
13,814
182
Bergen, Norway
I don't like the brushed metal look, but it doesn't bother me much... ;)

Prefer the looks of Firefox, Mail, and Cyberduck and even the new dark plastic of iTunes and the pinstripes in TextWrangler... :)
 
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Mal

macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2002
6,251
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Orlando
I know I'm way in the minority on this point, but I not only like brushed metal, I like having apps with different skins. Safari is brushed, Mail is white, etc. It helps me differentiate quickly between programs, especially since I usually have 6-10 open at once. Just one more way to make my life easier.

jW
 
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atari1356

macrumors 68000
Feb 27, 2004
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Now that I look at it again, I'd prefer a grey "plastic" interface that is halfway between the dark plastic of iTunes and the light plastic of Firefox. :D
 
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Whigga Spitta

macrumors 6502
Apr 21, 2004
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Can you say Chi-City??
when i first switched to mac (circa june 2004), i found the brushed metal to be a welcome change from xp. now, what with all the inconsistencies, i much prefer to use Uno to unify my windows. that being said, when i use someone's machine that is not unified, i'm abhorred.

i agree with those who hope 10.5 sees a more unified look, but as long as there are hacks, i'm not going to be too concerned with it.
 
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geese

macrumors 6502a
Oct 23, 2003
525
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London, UK
The BM looks OK on Safari as there isnt very much of it and it contrasts nicely with the web-page contents. A good figure-ground relationship between content and browser.

But i remember when the Quicktime player first had it on OS 8.5- god it looked terrible, especially with the crappy volume control. They've improved it somewhat since then, namly by making it smaller.

Yes, Apples UI inconsistancy is a little annoying. Stick one! but not BM. if you've used Mellel you'll know how bad it can look!

Next UI look- everything transparent make it really confusing and vomit inducing, but flash. MS will copy it in 3 years time for Windows Alps (or whatever ski resort they fancy). Alot of Windows users will have epeleptic fits and MS will get a bad rep and shut down!
 
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kewpid

macrumors regular
Apr 17, 2003
110
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Brushed Metal looks OK when used sparingly like in Safari or Newsfire.
This however is just a bit much and distracting:
 
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Kernow

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Sep 30, 2005
1,438
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Kingston-Upon-Thames
I used to like it on the odd app here and there, but I now think that it is getting a little tired.

I also find that it sometimes overwhelms what is actually in the window, particularly if there are large expanses of it, which for me is bad design. I prefer the new white/grey plastic look as it is subtle and doesn't interfere with the content.
 
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