Since the rise of mobile OS platforms realistic user-interfaces (UI) has risen in popularity. Effectively defined as “skeuomorphism”, realistic elements such as faux leather, stitching, and glass has been a common design aesthetic employed by dominant brands such as Apple. But the question remains – are these skeuomorphic elements effective?, and do they promote effective user experience (UX)?
Flat design (“metro”) has emerged as the modern solution to skeuomorphism. With the aesthetic rooted first in function, the form truly follows. However, the argument remains, realism – vs- purism – read for a great take on the “debate”.
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