November 3, 2012

The Case for Apple-style Skeuomorphism

Wade Roush, Xconomy

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When an obscure archaeological term like “skeuomorphism” starts to show up in the pages of the country’s leading newspapers, you know people must be talking about Apple again. In technology circles, the biggest news this week wasn’t Superstorm Sandy, or the elections, or even the Disney-Lucasfilm deal and the prospect of another Star Wars trilogy. It was the management shakeup at Apple, in which Scott Forstall, the mastermind behind the iOS operating system in the iPhone and the iPad, was forced out, leaving hardware guru Jony Ive in charge of interface design across the company.

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