Yes, but there it does serve a purpose, as the shape gives you a hint as to what the interface element does.It's true that sometimes it takes up space that would be otherwise useful.
But skeuomorphism also includes the wheels used to select a day of the week or a month, and even the toggle switches in Settings. They're terrific.
Actually skeuomorphism does NOT include the wheels used to select the day of the week or the month. Nor does it describe the toggle switches in Settings.But skeuomorphism also includes the wheels used to select a day of the week or a month, and even the toggle switches in Settings. They're terrific.
Are you serious? You're hooked on the iPhone and iPad because of skeuomorphism? If those elements were removed, you're saying you'd have no bias one way or the other towards Apple products? I won't say that's not true. But I will say I'm as skeptical as one can get without simply flat-out not believing you.Yup. This's why I'm hooked to iPhone and iPad.
Well stated. I like the shutter of a camera to look like a camera as it does in iOS or even a shutter as it does in many Android apps but the opening screen of iMovie on iOS where it looks like a brick front of a cinema to me looks silly.For the record, I enjoy skeuomorphism when it's done right. And "right" is a hard line to define. For example, I think having the Notes app look like a real life notepad is awesome. We could do the exact same thing on a plain white background. But having it look like paper adds a little something extra for me.
Now if they had a virtual pen writing out the letters as I typed them, then that would be bad. It would just look tacky and stupid. But that's just my opinion. Others may find that really neat. Just as other may not prefer the yellow notebook look as I do.
Now the game center on the other hand just looks tacky to me. Though to be fair, I'm not sure I'd even consider Game Center skeuomorphic. It's not really mimicking a real life "Game Center". It's just a butt-ugly user interface. When I see the notepad app, I think "Neat, looks just like the one on my desk". Same goes for the clock, calendar, etc. I've never loaded Game Center and thought "Gee, that looks just like the real thing".
So, when done right, it can be nice and give things a polished look. As long as it's kept to a minimum and not overdone or worse yet, intrusive.
No, the folders in iOS are NOT trying to mimic real folders. Had all your apps appeared on a manilla folder background, that would be skeuomorphic. Besides it being a container to hold other items and the name, it has absolutely nothing in common with it's real-life counterpart. The average person wouldn't look at folders on their iOS device and automatically think manilla folders. On top of that, iOS folders contain nothing that is ornamental in nature (related to real folders). The job they perform is anything but ornamental.I'm not sure if folders count. But I love folders. Although, folders takes something in real life and makes it better. In real life you don't usually have an infinite number of folders nestled inside other folders.
I actually meant the folders in Mac OS, going back to the very first Mac. I think it is a bit difficult to understand. I realize it is taking design elements from an original and applying them to a new technology, where the design is not necessary but possibly helpful or just pretty. But with the case of folders, I think it's a couple of things: 1) Folders are more advanced than actual folders, as I indicated you can have an infinite number nestled inside other folders and things like aliases but 2) folders do have an actual image of a real life folder to help you understand the concept of what they are. I think it's so obvious to us now that maybe we don't think about them as folders, but presumably they could have been something else, like just text, for example. Or just pathways like Crive/Documents/Music, etc. So, I think it counts as skeumorphism in way; the reason I was ambivalent was because not only is it ornamental but it mimics the real life function of folders but it extends it past that.No, the folders in iOS are NOT trying to mimic real folders. Had all your apps appeared on a manilla folder background, that would be skeuomorphic. Besides it being a container to hold other items and the name, it has absolutely nothing in common with it's real-life counterpart. The average person wouldn't look at folders on their iOS device and automatically think manilla folders. On top of that, iOS folders contain nothing that is ornamental in nature (related to real folders). The job they perform is anything but ornamental.
No offense intended to any of the posters here, but I think some people need to do a little more research before posting. A few weeks ago I had no clue what "skeuomorphic" meant. Or that it was a real word. But come on people, it takes 5 minutes (or less) to educate yourself on this topic. Cut and paste the word into your favorite search engine. While it may be an impressive word, the meaning of it is actually rather simple to understand.