“So, will Jony Ive remove all textures and ‘designs that look and work like real things’ from iOS? I highly doubt it. There’s simply no reason to make unilateral design decisions like that outside of frustrating designers and making things worse for users.”
(via The Next Web.)
Extremely well thought out argument from Matthew Panzarino here. I agree with it completely.
People love to take the extreme sides of every argument. X is always right. Y is always wrong. But as we all learned when we prepped for multiple choice tests in high school, so little in life is always or never true.
My guess is Jony Ive is currently looking through every app on iOS and assessing what works and what doesn’t. He’ll make changes where he feels change is necessary. No more. No less.
Besides, do we really want every app on our phones to look and behave exactly the same? One of my biggest issues with the Windows 8 flat style is that it pins designers into a corner. You lose the ability to make your app really shine on the platform once you rule out too many possibilities. Sure, it looks nice with five or six apps, especially since it’s such a change from the iOS look. But what about when you have fifty apps? Or a hundred?