Archive for September, 2012

I love the New MySpace! Facebook finally has some real competition.

Facebook has always felt too cold, built by engineers with an engineering mentality.

This site finally makes the social network, feel social. Pages display full screen, immersive images representative of people’s personalities, interests, pursuits, and passions.

I’m ready to make the switch. And when, people are not fearful of switching costs then Facebook should be very afraid.

MySpace’s Designer:


The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo.


My Space is a good candidate for the bauhaus mentality of minimalist design. The main reason is that the content speaks for itself. It really about people and their interests, so any skeumorphism at the interface level will just be a distraction.

People who like the Apple way of designing UI usually argue that it is better experientially. Their usual stance is that selling UI to the end-user is like selling food to people at a restaurant. You can’t just serve them the food. It has to be presented well, the restaurant’s mood lighting slows down the tempo and lets you relax, and the soft music and wine makes you enjoy the food slowly. It is the same with user interfaces. When you open up the address book, the fact that it looks like an address book immediately conveys its function. There are no funky menu items or buttons that you have to look for. It makes sense because its dressed like an address book.

The guys who argue against skeuomorphism say that skeuomorphism is inherently confusing for the current generation because they haven’t grown up with the physical world objects that the user interface is mimicking. For example, I’ve never seen a rolodex but apple uses it for their date picker. They say that Apple’s iBooks app is really flawed because the user can’t feel or touch the pages as they swipe, and why should users be subjected to this real world limitation of moving sequentially page by page. But neither side is completely right because the whole page turning thing is really nice from an experiential point of view. You could even argue it’s better usability because its borrowing from existing user behavior. When people read books, they usually kick back on their bed and read books page by page. It’s nice to have the app remove all the menu stuff so you can focus on the words. I think part of the challenge with designing technology in the future, will be to make people slow down and actually do things. In the browser people usually open a billion tabs but dont really read much.