Tired of "beautiful" design?

9 years ago from Rich Lunghino, User Experience Designer at M&T Bank

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 9 years ago

    Shouldn't a product's usability/ability to solve a problem take precedence over it looking "beautiful"?


    I am all for our tools and utilities containing a wide array of features. The last couple of years have been full of pretty, but less useful apps. Bring back the functionality, please.

    10 points
    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 9 years ago

      Spot on, bring back functionality first. And bring back skuemorphism too. I miss skeumorphism.

      Brb, going to scroll through my patterns library for a bit.

      3 points
      • Matthew Harris, 9 years ago

        THIS, I MISS IT SO MUCH :c

        I'm working on an education startup with a friend and we started flat but I'm slowly adding touches of skeumorphism back into it and it feels awesome. Flat is boring to me, no life to it if that makes sense.

        1 point
    • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, 9 years ago

      Couldn't agree more. I think the problem is that everything has been "done". By this I mean most apps available have an equivalent app trailing closely or leading the pack. Everyone is just looking for their share of the market which in my opinion is just too big these days. ex.How many time tracking or invoicing apps do we really need?

      1 point
      • Ryan GloverRyan Glover, 9 years ago

        I think the "done" part is somewhat of a copout. There's a lot of stuff out there that needs beautiful design and functionality, but doesn't necessarily fall into the "cool" or (sigh) "sexy" category.

        One of my favorite examples: http://enps.com. That's the software that newsrooms (TV stations, networks, etc.) use to run their programming. Looks terrible, but makes a BOATLOAD of cash every year.

        That's where design is needed most: dethroning outdated enterprise software.

        2 points