Skeuomorphs

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/st_thompson_analog/

Those of us in the Intro to HCI class were recommended to read this article from Wired a few weeks ago. It talks about the use of “old-fashioned design” in our new technology and the importance of both staying connected to the world we are already really familiar with and thinking in new ways with our new tools. There are a few examples in the article, but we come across so many day-to-day. It’s hard not to think of skeuomorphs whenever I see Instagram photos (quite often) where the quality of the photo is purposefully degraded to look like it was taken with a Polaroid camera.  I think there’s something to be said for using this type of design in promoting interactions that are familiar and already make sense to us, but I think it’s important to emphasize for us HCI students that we can really think outside the box and come up with new interactions that take advantage of the incredible technology we are using.

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