Friday, 4 January 2008

How To Design Things

Forget everything you thought you knew. Forget UI. Forget KISS. Forget intuitiveness. There is only ONE thing that is needed to make something new, cool, trendy, easy and hip. It is........ wait for it......... PARTIAL REFLECTIONS OF SOMETHING ON AN INVISIBLE GROUND! That's it, it's all you need.

I mean, it worked for Apple
And they are praised for their innovation
And of course, in the Free Software world we're full of new ideas
We created a new wave in the partial-reflection paradigm shift, not constrained by the "lining things up and selecting one of them whilst partially reflecting it off an invisible ground" solution pioneered by Apple we broke new ground with our proactive adoption of partially reflecting something off an invisible ground and applied it everywhere from workspace switching
To taskbars
And we embraced it so completely that our flashy desktop effects needed to show what they were capable of, so yes we adopted it for our desktop effects logo
Can you see how AWESOME that looks?! It is so AMAZING that it feels like I am in the future. It works for EVERYTHING too!

If you want to stand out from the boring crowd of old-world, dinosaur, archaic pictures then you can use this simple tool to instantly turn something shit into everyone's wet dream!

1 comment:

Andrew John said...

Good to see someone else not been taking in by the Apple nonsense. They're actually far more dangerous, in a way, because not as many people see through them as they do through MS (whereas even my parents think they suck...)

Ditto on all this visual stuff and especially the copying of that into GNU/Linux desktops (and Vista too...). KDE 4 is appalling, given it was originally going to be 'innovative' and ended up being a Mac OS X ripoff basically. I wouldn't mind if these things stayed functional (3D can actually have some such benefits -- Project Looking Glass was promising), but it's just stupid GPU-thrashing nonsense that actually makes things less usable (translucency like the menu bar in Leopard and the title bars in Vista is a good example).

BTW, the first two of those screenshots tell a tale, although I have to admit I recognise the second...