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Apple's Mobile Redesign And The Fate Of The Skeuomorph

Skeuomorphism: n. A design principle wherein an object is made to resemble another material.

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In order to teach people unfamiliar with computers how to use them.

You dispose of files in a digital "trash can," just like the one next to your desk. And "files" go in "folders." The novelty!

Yet the old design mantra remains: form should follow function.

When people know how to use technology, the visual analogies aren't necessary. And what's unnecessary doesn't follow the principles of good design.

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