Smörgåsbord

Thoughts of a digital pixel crafter

We designers have recently become embroiled in an unfortunate debate about ‘skeumorphic’ versus ‘flat’ design (For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to pretend that ‘skeumorphic’ design encompasses all textured, so-called ‘lickable’ interfaces, despite that being a slight perversion of the actual meaning). What I find most comedic about this current debate is that it isn’t even a new one. Just over a hundred years ago, the Beggarstaffs reacted against Art Nouveau, which itself was a reaction against Idealistic Academic Art, which itself was a reaction against Realistic Academic Art.