Intuitive – alas no

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The new Windows 8 Metro interface has drawn praise and scorn in almost equal measure. Widely hailed as an innovative and imaginative departure from established paradigm when used on tablets, it has been roundly condemned when put to use within the PC desktop environment; an environment in which the touch interface seems innately less appropriate. By way of contrast, the Apple OSX interface is commonly held - not least by Apple themselves  - to be an interface of such intuitive simplicity ('it simply works') that the claim has almost gained acceptance as a simple given. A position that I happen to hold on the issue of the 'intuitive interface' is that there is as good as no such thing in real, practical terms. There may a slightly stronger case for…
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Lovely face, ugly mind

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It's no secret that I've come to despise the Apple organisation and all it stands for. [No neutral opinion from me!] Apple's determination to control and screw content providers and consumers alike knows no limits. But even by my contemptuous pronouncements on their activities this is a whole new level of outrage from Ed Botts who vents his spleen on Apple's latest attempt to own the world: Apple's mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement By Ed Bott | January 19, 2012, 1:32pm PST Summary: Over the years, I have read hundreds of license agreements, looking for little gotchas and clear descriptions of rights. But I have never, ever seen a legal document like the one Apple has attached to its new iBooks Author program. Apple, in this EULA, is claiming…
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From saint to sinner?

design
Steve Jobs’ death, as one might not unreasonably expect, elicited a lot of eulogising. A very great deal of eulogising. Verging on hysteria kind of eulogising. Y’know, the Princess Di kind of eulogising. Irrational. Barmy. Now, for Mr. Jobs’ family and friends his death is nothing short of a tragedy in the fullest, starkest sense of the word and for them the world will never be the same again. The pain may dim with time, but I doubt very much that it will ever fade away and no normally functioning human - even me - could not feel empathy for the recently bereaved family and close ones. For the rest of us, and by that I mean everyone who didn’t actually know him, I can confidently say, without meaning to…
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Exquisitely dull

design, media
As a few that know me will attest, I’m no fan of the Apple organisation, but as a designer myself I do like their product design - and most especially what they have done in making consumers aware that good design can command a premium. I very much like the idea that quality isn’t cheap. Nice one Steve, I’ll give you that. Actually, when I say I do like their product design (not that I own any of it) - it suddenly struck me the other day that what I mean is that I used to like their product design. It was while watching a client talking on his iPhone that it occured to be how bland it now seems as an object and the very latest 4S version (launched…
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