Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac has a post up about Apple's skeuomorphic software design. *http://www.cultofmac.com/180084/where-microsoft-has-more-taste-than-apple/ *Of course the title is just click bait, but I think he does have a point. *To me skeuomorphic design is just patronizing and not necessary in most cases. *What baffles me is Apple seems to have a very cohesive hardware design philosophy which focuses on elegance and simplicity. *On the hardware side they seem focused on getting design out of the way. *On the software side they seem to add things that aren't necessary, like the leather stitching on iCal and find my friends. *Ad the new podcast app which is made to look like a reel to reel tape. *Some of the worst offenders IMO: I'm not suggesting Microsoft's Metro UI is the answer (some of the color choices there are horrendous), but surely there has to be a way to design software UI that had some personality but leaves out all the unnecessary ornamentation.