Would you want flat UI design out and ornate UI in?

Would you want flat UI design out and ornate UI in?


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deluxeshredder

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Nov 30, 2013
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The flat UI trend has been rampant, much like the functional achitecture trend many decades ago. Would you like it to continue?
 

snorkelman

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Oct 25, 2010
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Flat UI is about as appealing as bell bottom flared trousers (and hopefully with as much staying power)

That said its nowhere near as bad as the overblown transparency that's hitched along for the ride
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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I make my judgements on UIs based on actual implementation and usability.
Same here, I think there was some good skeuomorphic design elements in the pre-iOS7, but I also think they took skeuomorphism too far. Likewise on iOS 7/iOS 8 the flat design has some good things but I also think its missing some polish that iOS 6 enjoyed.

On the OS X side of things, I'm liking the flat design less, even though for windows 8, its been implemented better imo.

My point, if its a well designed, well thought out design it will work regardless of what design philosophy is being embraced
 

velocityg4

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Dec 19, 2004
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I just hate that they made it more difficult if not impossible to modify the UI yourself or with third party tools. That was one of my favorite activities on the Mac.
 

jayducharme

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Jun 22, 2006
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To me, it's not so much the "flatness" as the consistency of the UI. Currently in iOS, buttons change location and look depending on the app and the device. I'm not a big fan of plain text as a button, but the least they could do is put the delete button (for example) in the same spot from app to app. Sometimes it's on top, sometimes the bottom. Sometimes it's text and sometimes it's a little trash can icon. It all seems haphazard.

And for the love of God, fix the nauseating color choices! Will someone please tell Jony Ive that yellow text on a white background is nearly illegible!
 

jnpy!$4g3cwk

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Feb 11, 2010
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To me, it's not so much the "flatness" as the consistency of the UI. Currently in iOS, buttons change location and look depending on the app and the device. I'm not a big fan of plain text as a button, but the least they could do is put the delete button (for example) in the same spot from app to app. Sometimes it's on top, sometimes the bottom. Sometimes it's text and sometimes it's a little trash can icon. It all seems haphazard.

And for the love of God, fix the nauseating color choices! Will someone please tell Jony Ive that yellow text on a white background is nearly illegible!
The color choices are getting really strange, like the glaring new color of iTunes.
 

Michael Goff

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Jul 5, 2012
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I just want the UI to not take up a lot of resources and for the OS to run programs well. Flat or skeuomorphic is irrelevant, really, as long as it's done well.
 

Sydde

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Aug 17, 2009
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I find the iOS design to be a tiny bit too minimalist. There used to be fat buttons for navigation and function, now they use there wiry little squiggles that can be difficult to spot. If they added some outlining or shading to make the touch objects easier to pick out of the background, the flat UI would be a whole lot easier to use.

But, of course, themification would be better. When I had ShapeShifter on 10.4, it worked really nicely – I was using "Menu Enhancer", which, ironically, made everything look flat and heavily sketched, but with a nice parchmenty underlay. I want that option for iOS/, but without the extra CPU overhead that Unsanity had to hack in to make it work.
 

hotpotato123

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Sep 15, 2009
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Some 3D effect helps usability

My ideal would be to add a slight touch of 3D effect to Yosemite, just enough to help the user distinguish the items on the screen. Maybe not as much as Mavericks and earlier generations, but enough to help usability.
 

APlotdevice

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Sep 3, 2011
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I really don't care if it's "flat" or "ornate". I just don't want to see Apple do away with some of the nifty little touches in their operating systems. For instance the movable fullscreen playback controls, which iTunes has sadly ditched in its latest version.