Hey, nice to see you guys again. It’s only been a couple days, but it felt a lot longer. I finally got around to exporting my blog from its old location (R.I.P. to my good ol’ Blogger).
Jesus. That thing was a mild eye sore. Let’s be real. I know it, you know it, we can all admit it. Good riddance! But we have to be thankful of it purely for the reason that it was where this all started. (cue: tears of joy and pride) This fun journey of blogging that I’m probably enjoying way more than I ever thought I would. (The reason for this though, is probably because of the fact that I actually enjoy writing and haven’t really had a chance to write as much of my own content/creative writing ever since I decided to major in the visual arts.)
Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys a heads up…
During the export/import/transfer process, none of my images transferred over from Blogger so I’m slowly going back through the archives of my old posts on here and re-uploading/formatting the photos in my blog. Luckily, I only have about 60 posts (Still a fair amount, considering how much content is in each post. Kill me. No, I’m totally kidding). But, I have already changed 8 posts. I’m almost 1/10th of the way there!
I’ll definitely still be posting newer content/blog posts on here though, because– why the hell not? (:
Okay, let’s get back to work here. Tonight I’ll be sharing some thoughts regarding a couple design articles for you guys.
We were assigned these two readings from Fast Company Design. Now, I’ve never heard of them before or anything, but I might have just become a fan of this company and their varying branches. I really enjoy the way their site is laid out and the content they are posting. You can hop over there and check it out for yourself! Let’s talk about these articles now.
This. This was a crazy interesting read and discovery. We had discussed this briefly in my UX class the other day. Of course I was intrigued by it because of the fact that I had literally just bought a new alarm clock (cause I suck at waking up apparently) that is designed to mimic the light of a sunrise to gently awaken the user from their slumber. Yeah, I’ll keep you guys posted if it works or not, cause that was a hefty little investment for broke lil’ college me.
Back to the article, for those of you who don’t know the definition of skeuomorphism… it’s essentially a fancy term in the design industry that means the designed artifact reflects the actual object that it’s based off of.
Newer design trends have gotten to the point that you can now represent something in a less literal manner and people wouldn’t be questioning what the hell it is. I’d chalk this up to the fact that we’ve become acquainted with all this new technology and basically everyone and their mom knows how to operate most basic functions of smartphones.
The article talks about the big tech companies (Apple & Google specifically) and how flat design is moving forward towards a new design trend that mimics our environment. Well, I guess it’s technically the old skeuomorphic design trend, but not in the sense that we’ve experienced before. They’re bringing in the science of perception of light and its effect on the human body. I think it’s really nice that design seems to be moving back towards a more human-centric aesthetic and I can’t wait to see how this “new” trend will affect the future of design as we move forward. The only thing I’m not sure about is the situation with white balance of photos and content that we’re viewing digitally because I think that things might get a little weird visually on that aspect. But I guess it would honestly just depend on how drastic the temperature tinting is. I’ll have to experiment with this new feature before I come to a final judgment about it. You can test it out for yourself with the new iOS update under your Settings.
This one actually got a little bit of a chuckle out of me as it discusses how us “younger” users interact with flat design vs. the “older” generation. In one of the studies that they did, they had users rate the aesthetics of 5 websites, 4 of which were “flat” with the odd one out being a skeuomorphic steakhouse design. I definitely agree with what the article says about how some flat designs are not quite as easily navigated as the skeuomorphic design style.
While young people seemed faster at navigating the designs, they also indicated they didn’t really understand the UI intuitively.
Yeah, go ahead and add that to the long list of things that us kids have no fucking idea about. Haha. Seriously though, as aesthetically appealing as some of the new flat designs are, there are times where I’m just like “what the fuck am I supposed to click? How do I go back? Can I undo that?” It makes me wish that some of these apps and websites had those annoying tutorials that I always try to skip when I’m playing video games. It seems that some designers are thinking that we’re complete idiots, whereas others think that we’re geniuses and there’s no real middle ground sometimes. Personally, I do find the flat design more attractive as well (shocker! Like aspects of my website didn’t already give that away, haha). But when it comes to my personal design choices, I try to make sure its as user friendly as I can because in the end game, it’s all about you guys. You’re the ones using the things that we make. You’re the ones buying the products, or not. You’re the ones rating it, sharing it, loving it, and hating it. As we continue growing as designers and the trends change, I think it’s very important to address the idea of functionality and how intuitive designs are. But I’m sure you already knew that.
What are your thoughts? What design style do you prefer? Do you think that this Skeumorphic 2.0 thing is going in the right direction, or is it just gonna annoy you that what you thought is white… isn’t quite white anymore?