According to the rumor mill today, a few people that have gotten either a quick hands on with the new operating system or have been briefed on its direction have said that the new design scheme will be “very, very flat.” However, it at the same time is said to keep a certain level of familiarity that will not confuse users when the update drops assumedly around the launch of the next iPhone. This is good, because it isn’t a completely new OS that most people want, just one that takes away the ever-controversial skeumorphism – or the use of life-like design schemes in software.
Skeumorphic design schemes have been used for quite awhile in software, and most notably in iOS and OS X. Applications such as Game Center, Notes, Calendar, and Contacts are always the ones brought up in the conversation. From the leather stitching of Calendar, to the green felt background of Game Center, you can see the effects that skeumorphism has had on Apple design. However, with Jony Ive at the helm of iOS, we could finally see something different. I personally love the “flat” interface, such as the one used in today’s launch of Google Now. But that is my opinion, some people think otherwise. Skeumorphism is used to try and make software seem “friendly and familiar” to users, but nowadays it is outdated. I can guarantee my 8 year old brother has no idea why the Notes app has yellow “paper” with a leather top, or why the Contacts app looks like a leather book.
What do you think? Flat or skeumorphic? What’s better? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.