Skeuomorphism: A Comforting Lie

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.

(Via Marco)


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.