28 Feb '17, 12am

Abstraction vs Skeuomorphism

Early graphical user interfaces and operating systems were limited by their processors and displays. During these early days, monitors with a resolution around 800x600 pixels and less than 256 colors were the standard. This created an aesthetic that had few colors, less clutter, and simple controls. Although designers at the time did look to minimalist design for inspiration, that was largely out of necessity. These interfaces also had to be simple because so much of it was new. To make people comfortable with their new computers, it would have to be presented in a way they understood. Skeuomorphism is a design concept used to take advantage of these affordances, creating digital imitations of the things users interact with every day. Individual items that mimic the real world are called skeuomorphs . The entire desktop metaphor was a skeuomorphism. By using skeuomorphs li...

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