via Joshua Johnson on Design Shack
I think this holds the key to pulling off realistic interfaces the right way.
Problems arise when designers begin with trendy metaphors and the result is a
UI that is both inefficient and ineffective. Usability is sacrificed in the
name of pretty pictures. However, when you start with a simple and solid
foundation, structured with usability in mind, you can gradually add in style
I’ve heard a lot of ranting against realism in interfaces. iBooks is the poster
child for, “That’s ugly! This is why we should only use simple colors and lines!”
Joshua offers a more thorough critique of realism and makes a great case for
using realism when it works. My favorite quote:
The problem arises when attacking trends merely becomes a trend itself,
without proper analysis of what is and isn’t best from a user’s perspective.
Designers should be critiqued and trends should be properly identified, but
we have to make sure we don’t build hard and fast rules based in preference
rather than logic.