I guess you could call it skeuomorphism since the animations mimic a sunny day or rain. But then it might not be because the user doesn't interact with it (that I'm aware of)Not that I care but I'm just wondering...would the weather animations in iOS 7's new Weather app be considered skeumorphic design?
But why? Weather is weather - when you think of rain or snow, you don't think of a window; why make it more convoluted than it needs to be - Apple are about refining and removing the unnecessary, not adding it.Maybe if they had a picture of the weather as you look out a window or something.
Totally agree. This was what I was trying to convey as well.But why? Weather is weather - when you think of rain or snow, you don't think of a window; why make it more convoluted than it needs to be - Apple are about refining and removing the unnecessary, not adding it.
Agreed on weather, 100%. However, a weather app looks beautiful with a representation of the climate conditions - that's the point of the app - the weather, just as the point of a calendar is dates and appointments - that IS the content you want; anything more is visual noise, and a distraction.Shhhh.
Seriously, the anti-skeumorphic people already ruined iBooks and Calendar. Can we please, at least, have the animations for weather?
Yes, but all design is based off reality. The mere button on screen was established by the button long before the screen. Some design is more blatantly based off of real objects, like iOS 6's notepad, but that doesn't make it a sin nor an example of "bad" design. Weather animations are not ornamentations. Here's my issue: people think that digital objects have their own form and figure, but they don't. Software doesn't have it's own set of rules, logic, and style, so mimicking real life is natural and understandable. The question is completely irrelevant.From wikipedia:
"A skeuomorph is a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique."
I don't think there is much in Windows 8 that can be called skeuomorphic design.
I agree with others who have said that not all skeuomorphic design is bad.
But it's not just about materials and backgrounds...It is any use of a "copy" of a real world "thing" in another application where it simply does not have to be there.
A good example is dials, knobs and digital keyboards in audio apps.
I don't care if something is skeumorphic or not. I do care about whether the information is easy to see. Using the whole background to represent the current weather is nice, but in the "sunny" picture, you have white fonts on a light blue background. Hard to read because of lack of contrast. The new icons, being mostly made up of white lines, are also hard to see on this background. So basic idea good, execution needs improvement.The idea for using real world objects was to give the user cues for how to use the app. The old weather app was made to look like a card to show that it can be swiped. Is the new one more or less skeumorphic? I don't know. But what I see in the new app is that focuses more on the relevant information: the weather. The card look in the old app is redundant because people know exactly what those dots at the bottom of the screen signify, so there's no reason for using the card anymore.
Why is a wooden bookshelf needed to know how to use an ebooks app? I use the Nook app on the ipad and have no problems navigating it. Some people might like it design wise but I don't see where the wooden bookshelf adds value.I wish Apple wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater in its drive to eliminate all things skeuomorphic. I mean, I'll be the first to stand up and cheer when the last bit of green felt and stitched leather is gone, but some things, like the wooden bookshelf in iBooks, add value to the app and assist in the intuitive use thereof. Not to mention simply looking nice.
Oh well, at least we still have an analog clock in the clock app.
I don't suppose anyone would be completely baffled without the bookshelf for guidance, but I do think it assists in conveying the idea "here is a collection of books you can read."Why is a wooden bookshelf needed to know how to use an ebooks app? I use the Nook app on the ipad and have no problems navigating it. Some people might like it design wise but I don't see where the wooden bookshelf adds value.