Every now and then, some designer or tech enthusiast tosses around the term ‘skeuomorphism.’ It’s a very interesting concept, and one that we all greatly benefit from.
But it has it’s downsides. Sometimes when new, innovative design work looks similar to what it replaces, it will limit and defocus intended use cases.
Since that sounds deep — too deep for my mind at this time of the morning — let me move on to my point. Read the article (linked with this post’s title). It’s a great introduction to skeuomorphism: A comforting lie. Designers can greatly benefit.
Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with the intent of skeuomorphism, and many implimentations have paid off. Some, however, hold us back.