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Christian Schormann

Monday, April 5, 2010

IPad – First Contact: Is this Faux Leather I Saw…?

This morning one of my colleagues stepped in my office and handed me an elegant curved device from metal and glass. You of course guessed it, it was an iPad, for my curious eyes and hands to play with.

First thing I did was to fire up the Notes application. I looked at the header bar and blinked. But the header bar still appeared rendered as faux leather complete with seams.

Next, I looked at some of the other applications. The word processor: faux leather. The document setup page: blueprint look instead of faux leather. The eBook reader: faux 3D, faux fir wood bookshelf (see screenshot here).

The iPad is a beautiful, iconic industrial design in metal and glass. Yet on the inside Apple chose a very different visual design language complete with photo-realistic texturing and 3D appeal. It feels a bit like a loft in an avant-garde post-modern glass and steel apartment building furnished with Victorian leather furniture and cheap fir book shelves – not my first stylistic choice I must admit.

I’m very curious… does this contrast of design languages work for you?

posted by cs at 19:15  

2 Comments

  1. I’m pro MS and believe they make better products as a whole. Of course there has been mistakes, but that’s life. I will say, it seems Apple is leading the way of innovation and a step ahead of MS when it comes to design, interfacing, touch, devices, etc.

    I believe MS will soon pass what Apple has to offer with new technologies such as WPF and Silverlight with the backing of great tools like Blend, VS2010, etc. and new devices… Windows Phone 7, Courier( Hopefully SOON! ), etc.

    Keep up the good work:)

    Comment by shaggygi — April 6, 2010 @ 04:46

  2. >>It feels a bit like a loft in an avant-garde post-modern glass and steel apartment building furnished with Victorian leather furniture and cheap fir book shelves<<

    The day that Steve Jobs was demoing iPad, that was the exact thought going through my head. A contemporary look & feel device with traditional looking software interface, just didn't match…
    ..Ben

    Comment by BenHayat — April 6, 2010 @ 08:39

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