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Originally Posted by tundraboy View Post

I'm curious about the graphic artists that Microsoft hired to work on the icons. You normally think of artistic types as taking some pride in their work and trying to come up with something original, maybe not completely but at least to build on the current idiom. But I get the feeling that MS's graphic artists do not care, or can't afford to care, about artistic integrity. Or perhaps it's MS who doesn't really care about those things at all and the poor illustrators are just happy to have a steady job. Albeit doing uninspired, mind-numbing mimicry.

here, here.
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post

everything is borrowed at some point or the other...there are few completely new ideas.

Standing on the shoulders of giants.

Social Capitalist, dreamer and wise enough to know I'm never going to grow up anyway... so not trying anymore.

 

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Social Capitalist, dreamer and wise enough to know I'm never going to grow up anyway... so not trying anymore.

 

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Standing on the shoulders of giants.

sadly such an inspiring quote has no bearing on the minds of the majority of apple fans here.

they seem to honestly think that a) Everything Apple does is unique or b) there is no natural progression of tech without apple*

*on another forum I mentioned how there were other companies conceptualizing full capacitive touchscreen phones before the iPhone and showed examples. no replies. the Ben-Q Black Box
post #84 of 159
How on earth did DED get away with calling Lion's icons "high-contrast"? They're either the same photorealistic stuff they've been doing for years (i.e. app icons) or illegible light gray on lighter gray (sidebars). iOS toolbar icons I can see getting that description, but even then that's just incidental because it happened to make good design sense for toolbars. The entire premise of the Metro UI as a whole is that it's high-contrast and blocky, so it wouldn't make sense to do otherwise for those few little icons in the Start menu.

In short, DED is getting needlessly desperate if that's the worst example of MS' infamous habit of copycatting he could find (and if it is, he's not trying hard enough).
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I like the way OS x looks but I like windows more than OS x and personally that kind of icons on windows just look absolutely gay to me (gay as in retardedly stupid kind of gay) I mean the crap looks like Microsoft is trying to make windows look like crap

I grew up understanding gay to mean happy and joyful but I appreciate it has changed meaning these days. However, I fail to be able to discover any reference to your interpretation of the word anywhere. Here is the Wikipedia link. Perhaps your understanding of English is on par with that of your ability to critique an OS? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay
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post #86 of 159
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Originally Posted by tundraboy View Post

I'm curious about the graphic artists that Microsoft hired to work on the icons. You normally think of artistic types as taking some pride in their work and trying to come up with something original, maybe not completely but at least to build on the current idiom. But I get the feeling that MS's graphic artists do not care, or can't afford to care, about artistic integrity. Or perhaps it's MS who doesn't really care about those things at all and the poor illustrators are just happy to have a steady job. Albeit doing uninspired, mind-numbing mimicry.

Maybe in the hope of recreating a spark of creativity at MS and having read the 'Compaq Story', they are all issued with napkins to design on?
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post #87 of 159
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

I'm liking the monochrome but there is a whole lot of other stuff that seems to be adding clutter and confusion to the UI.

'you can't polish a turd'
post #88 of 159
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Originally Posted by matter37 View Post

I like the way OS x looks but I like windows more than OS x and personally that kind of icons on windows just look absolutely gay to me (gay as in retardedly stupid kind of gay) I mean the crap looks like Microsoft is trying to make windows look like crap

stick with windows. you are the perfect windows user.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Where do you think they got Metro from?

Anyway, this is just pathetic copying. I always thought they copied a bit but since everyone calls them on it you'd think they would start to move away from it and try to be more original. This is even closer copying than ever before.

Seriously? I've had Mac's since 2002 and every version of OS X since then, multiple iPods, an iPhone and have seen a lot of iPads. But I really can remember seeing a black and white interface on any of them. When thing's are gray on an Apple product there always either a metal effect or some sort of gradient, not solid black. Apple's newest icons are also all square with rounded corners.

Where is it you think they got Metro from? I've seen the videos on the Metro design and how the inspiration came from public signs in places like airports and I can see how that's been translated onto a screen. What I can't see though is how Metro's black and white styling is anything like Apple's millions shades of gray.

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i might've believed that if microsoft hadn't had a history of copying apple's creations

So what you're disbelieving the Zune ever existed?
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Seriously? I've had Mac's since 2002 and every version of OS X since then, multiple iPods, an iPhone and have seen a lot of iPads. But I really can remember seeing a black and white interface on any of them. When thing's are gray on an Apple product there always either a metal effect or some sort of gradient, not solid black. Apple's newest icons are also all square with rounded corners.

Where is it you think they got Metro from? I've seen the videos on the Metro design and how the inspiration came from public signs in places like airports and I can see how that's been translated onto a screen. What I can't see though is how Metro's black and white styling is anything like Apple's millions shades of gray.



So what you're disbelieving the Zune ever existed?

i saw 1 once. rare. lol
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Originally Posted by Corrections View Post

Perhaps you are not aware of Dreamworks? It's full of Microosft money, and all it does is copy Disney/Pixar ideas and make them worse, rushing them to market in an attempt to kill the original. No creativity, no art, just an effort to make money churning out cheap crap.

Antz: Bugs Life as rotoscoped actors rather than real animated characters
Shark Tale: Finding Nemo as rotoscoped actors rather than real animated characters
Madagascar: Ripped off the entirety of Disney's The Wild
Monsters vs Aliens: Monsters Inc + aliens
Shrek, Chicken Run: spoofs of existing movies

The only really original work comes from acquisitions of preexisting talent that Dreamworks eventually destroyed, like the Aardman animation people.

Curious that Jobs owned Pixar and 18% of Dreamworks is owned by Microsoft director Paul Allen, Microsoft even created an interactive joint venture with Dreamworks. The company also backed HD-DVD with Microsoft, as opposed to the Disney led BluRay

Or as one cartoonist observed:



Note that Dreamworks has made more movies and more money, but its products are consistently ranked lower by critics and customers: http://www.metacritic.com/feature/pi...ion-comparison

Dude, I don't know why you're using this analogy. Dreamworks was funded by Paul Allen's money, but it has nothing to do with Bill Gates or Microsoft at all. Besides, I really like Dreamworks' movies. They are different and more mature than Pixar's movies. Your analogy is completely off-base!!!!

From the picture, you could see Apple's icons are gorgeous as hell. But DED, why the hell did you name it as Win8start.001.jpg? Do you really like Windows, or you want Windows to win in your subconscious mind? No matter how hard Windows imitates the Mac, the Mac icons are still far more elegant and gorgeous that whatever Microsoft puts out. That's Apple for u!!!
post #92 of 159
When I'm working on a document, watching a movie, browsing the web I want the content to be the centre of my attention. The application interface should be subtle, unobtrusive and in the background. Monochrome interfaces with well designed icons are the future.

We don't want endless toolbars and buttons in candy-striped colours all clamouring for attention.

Monochrome is the way forward, let the content we are viewing take centre stage please.

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Originally Posted by nkhm View Post

When I'm working on a document, watching a movie, browsing the web I want the content to be the centre of my attention. The application interface should be subtle, unobtrusive and in the background. Monochrome interfaces with well designed icons are the future.

We don't want endless toolbars and buttons in candy-striped colours all clamouring for attention.

Monochrome is the way forward, let the content we are viewing take centre stage please.


Some people call Lion too bland but I like it. Can be pleasing to tinker around with, and quite smooth when being productive (you know, actually doing stuff instead of dealing with Office and Windows crashing or lagging).
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Originally Posted by djsherly View Post

Arguably the flattening out has gone too far in lion. I can hardly tell which buttons are active anymore. Prime example, the back button in safari. The difference in contrast is so subtle as to be basically useless. Even Apples own HIG stated colour to be useful, right?

I love the new swipe gestures that take the place of 'Back' and 'Forward' arrows!
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Originally Posted by screamingfist View Post

'you can't polish a turd'

Actually, you can: http://youtu.be/yiJ9fy1qSFI


Back on Topic: High Contrast isn't something apple "Invented" and it DOES NOT MATTER who the first person to bring it to computers was. Seriously, it doesn't.

This "OMG everyone is copying apple" shtick is about as annoying as people who scream "First!" after a post on a real news site. Apple adopts ideas from others, others adopt ideas from Apple. That's how technology, art, fashion, HUMAN PROGRESS works. If you think apple's never adopted an idea from other company, you're fooling yourself. This DOESN'T make them any less innovative, or lower the quality of their products AT ALL. That's just how the world works.
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I love the new swipe gestures that take the place of 'Back' and 'Forward' arrows!

I was going to mention that. I understand djsherly's point but I think Apple's reasoning is so move toward natural swipe gestures over virtual buttons for the future. Who knows, maybe for Mac OS XI we'll lose half the virtual buttons we see because Apple will expect that gestures are commonplace enough. They certainly are faster than moving the pointer around the screen.
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post #97 of 159
What exactly is the purpose of over analyzing the interface of a pre-beta version of Windows? It's pretty obvious that there is no way that the start button shown is anywhere near final.

Second, why does DED continuously make comments on how well the 'legacy' interface will work with touch?

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post #98 of 159
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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

I grew up understanding gay to mean happy and joyful but I appreciate it has changed meaning these days. However, I fail to be able to discover any reference to your interpretation of the word anywhere. Here is the Wikipedia link. Perhaps your understanding of English is on par with that of your ability to critique an OS? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay

Uhm... the word has been used that way since at least the 80's. Perhaps you should look beyond Wikipedia and get out into the real world.
post #99 of 159
Does anyone else find it funny that Microsoft changes their UI dramatically with every iteration? I mean, they can't settle on ANYTHING, effing start menu looks totally different every time and I hear nothing but complaints about this phenomena from win users.
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

I was going to mention that. I understand djsherly's point but I think Apple's reasoning is so move toward natural swipe gestures over virtual buttons for the future. Who knows, maybe for Mac OS XI we'll lose half the virtual buttons we see because Apple will expect that gestures are commonplace enough. They certainly are faster than moving the pointer around the screen.

God forbid both be an option.

I like to lay back in my chair and click buttons. how would that be possible on a solely gesture run device?
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I know we don't take this guy seriously, but this was too funny... according to Dilger the Windows 8 desgin is radically departing from Mac OS X Lion at the same time as copying it.

One has to wonder what kind of mind can be ok with logic like this!

Windows 8 design to radically depart from Mac OS X Lion
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Windows 8 appears to adopt Mac OS X Lion's monochrome, iPad-like icons
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Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post

I know we don't take this guy seriously, but this was too funny... according to Dilger the Windows 8 desgin is radically departing from Mac OS X Lion at the same time as copying it.

One has to wonder what kind of mind can be ok with logic like this!

Windows 8 design to radically depart from Mac OS X Lion
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Windows 8 appears to adopt Mac OS X Lion's monochrome, iPad-like icons
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Another funny thing...it has been known for months now that the windows 8 tests are done on pre-alpha software...what we see is NOT what we'll get*.

I do hope they take design elements from WP7...such a minimalistic UI would do well in desktop form IF they tweak the secondary UI (Old windows) to be more metro like...let me see if I can find a mockup.....



that would look amazing as a REAL desktop interface...granted the learning curve would be massive but I think it would be worth it in the long run...

unfortunately I have a feeling we're going to get an Aero experience...which, IMO...is hideous and thank DeviantArt for themes.
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the above image

Holy frick, that's great. I almost want to use something like that.

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post #105 of 159
"A video demonstrating a new feature in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 also appears to out a bold new design decision by the company to closely copy Apple's controversial shift toward monochromatic, high contrast icons."

the international troll community must be sniggering with you.. hoping no one would spot the huge gaping flaws in this statement. The windows 8 design is based on the ever evolving metro design language that microsoft has had in a number of diverse commercially available products since 1995 (hard to find good screenshots of encart 95, oddly, but here's a good one from encarta 2003 with high contrast monochromatic iconography). This design language predates any version of IOS by 12 years, and lion by 16.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_(design_language)

it should also be noted that many apple supporters have been very vocal at the lack of taste, and design capabilities of any, and pretty much every microsoft product ever released. Your article looks more like you're admitting that apple is (not for the first time) copying microsoft, not the other way round.

now please. shh. idiots. and crawl back under your rock.

edit: fixed wikipedia URL
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now please. shh. idiots. and crawl back under your rock.

Not sure that was warranted.

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post #107 of 159
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"a video demonstrating a new feature in microsoft's upcoming windows 8 also appears to out a bold new design decision by the company to closely copy apple's controversial shift toward monochromatic, high contrast icons."

the international troll community must be sniggering with you.. Hoping no one would spot the huge gaping flaws in this statement. The windows 8 design is based on the ever evolving metro design language that microsoft has had in a number of diverse commercially available products since 1995 (hard to find good screenshots of encart 95, oddly, but here's a good one from encarta 2003 with high contrast monochromatic iconography). This design language predates any version of ios by 12 years, and lion by 16.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/metro_(design_language)

it should also be noted that many apple supporters have been very vocal at the lack of taste, and design capabilities of any, and pretty much every microsoft product ever released. Your articile looks more like you're admitting that apple is (not for the first time) copying microsoft, not the other way round.

Now please. Shh. Idiots. And crawl back under your rock.

ftmfw!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Not sure that was warranted.

this poorly researched article wasn't warranted either, but here we are. It's not for the first time either.
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this poorly researched article wasn't warranted either, but here we are. It's not for the first time either.

By imagining your entire life savings in AAPL stock, you can get a feel for why DED might be a bit nervous and paranoid.
post #110 of 159
I do not care. That is all.
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Originally Posted by Menno View Post

Actually, you can: http://youtu.be/yiJ9fy1qSFI


Back on Topic: High Contrast isn't something apple "Invented" and it DOES NOT MATTER who the first person to bring it to computers was. Seriously, it doesn't.

This "OMG everyone is copying apple" shtick is about as annoying as people who scream "First!" after a post on a real news site. Apple adopts ideas from others, others adopt ideas from Apple. That's how technology, art, fashion, HUMAN PROGRESS works. If you think apple's never adopted an idea from other company, you're fooling yourself. This DOESN'T make them any less innovative, or lower the quality of their products AT ALL. That's just how the world works.

amazing. looks as good as anything MS has done.
post #112 of 159
The low-contrast icons in Lion are terrible for users with failing eyesight.
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Uhm... the word has been used that way since at least the 80's. Perhaps you should look beyond Wikipedia and get out into the real world.

went through the 80's as a young man. i never heard anyone use 'gay' to mean 'stupid'. heard it used as an 'insult' but not to mean 'stupid'.
get out in the real world and find a job and see how long you keep it using that term that way.
maybe people are using it now to mean 'stupid' but they are just ignorant, probably homophobic, losers.
post #114 of 159
I agree with the folks who are saying MS is not copying Apple here. MS's metro UI design in Win8 and WP7 is refreshing in that it is doing things a different way. Don't know if it is successful, but it is refreshingly different.

As for the grayscale icon design, it's convergent design. If it is good design to have grayscale icon design, then all OS UI should use. It's only copying if they use the exact same icons.
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Originally Posted by bettieblue View Post

Wow people really care about this stuff?

Yes, that's the point. People who care have an opinion about people who care about craft and excellence. Other people, such as yourself, advocate the cheapest, ugliest crap available and try to suggest that anyone who gives a damn is a raving, frothy cultist.

Your hate comes from an awareness of your own inferiority combined with an unwillingness to admit you are wrong, so you project your own self loathing upon other people, causing you to scamper to an Apple blog to troll.
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Originally Posted by Jacksons View Post

Right! When Metro was first demonstrated, this site was full of nay-sayers commenting on how stupid it was to have square boxes, with white on black cut off text.

And now it turns out that stupidity was blattent copying!?

Which one is it?

PS: Have fun not streaming music from the iCloud, while the stupid Metro users can stream any song available in the entire library of available music at the touch of button

Let me clear things up for you: Elements of Metro are unique (and I'd say crap, but that's just my opinion), but this article isn't about Metro, it's about iOS-like icons that Microsoft is layering over the top of Windows 7 to make it touch friendly. Microsoft's successes have come largely from elements it took from Apple/NeXT. Microsoft has coined a lot of unique ideas (or arbitrary changes, like using Start to shut down) but they were overwhelmingly not good and unpopular.

That's why, despite rebranding Office and Windows with new looks and new logos EVERY release, there isn't anything to carry forward because its all disposable crap fashion, like H&M. Immediately dated because its just flashy bling noise appealing to unsophisticated clients. Apple has tended to build things with some taste, so it doesn't radically depart from its style every time it releases a product.

Even things that people now say looked bad in retrospect were original and kind of cool at the time, like the brushed metal look or the original aqua. It's hard to think of nice looking things Microsoft has produced over its monopoly period. It's only been in the last few years since the Vistapocalypse that it has produced some attempts at good looking stuff (Metro/Bing), but those aren't the company's most popular products.
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Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post

Connotes

Based on a pre-beta snap of a demo video about native ISO/VHD support the OP has concluded that Windows 8 has ripped off the Metro-style OSX Lion monochrome icons.

An example of just how heavily Windows 8 rips off OSX Lion is presented below.

You are confusing W8's web apps with its UI. The UI is iPad icons. The colorful web pages Microsoft designed to replace the ugly Windows desktop are nice looking, but just like Windows 3.1, they're only a fresh coat of paint until you scrape back a corner and see the old Windows Vista/7 running behind it (just like Win on DOS).

This is not a new product, its a facade layer, just like Motoblur or TouchWiz on Android.
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Originally Posted by Corrections View Post

Let me clear things up for you: Elements of Metro are unique (and I'd say crap, but that's just my opinion), but this article isn't about Metro, it's about iOS-like icons that Microsoft is layering over the top of Windows 7 to make it touch friendly. Microsoft's successes have come largely from elements it took from Apple/NeXT. Microsoft has coined a lot of unique ideas (or arbitrary changes, like using Start to shut down) but they were overwhelmingly not good and unpopular.

That's why, despite rebranding Office and Windows with new looks and new logos EVERY release, there isn't anything to carry forward because its all disposable crap fashion, like H&M. Immediately dated because its just flashy bling noise appealing to unsophisticated clients. Apple has tended to build things with some taste, so it doesn't radically depart from its style every time it releases a product.

Even things that people now say looked bad in retrospect were original and kind of cool at the time, like the brushed metal look or the original aqua. It's hard to think of nice looking things Microsoft has produced over its monopoly period. It's only been in the last few years since the Vistapocalypse that it has produced some attempts at good looking stuff (Metro/Bing), but those aren't the company's most popular products.

Let me clear things up for you: Metro started in 1995:

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Originally Posted by Shunnabunich View Post

How on earth did DED get away with calling Lion's icons "high-contrast"? They're either the same photorealistic stuff they've been doing for years (i.e. app icons) or illegible light gray on lighter gray (sidebars). iOS toolbar icons I can see getting that description, but even then that's just incidental because it happened to make good design sense for toolbars. The entire premise of the Metro UI as a whole is that it's high-contrast and blocky, so it wouldn't make sense to do otherwise for those few little icons in the Start menu.

In short, DED is getting needlessly desperate if that's the worst example of MS' infamous habit of copycatting he could find (and if it is, he's not trying hard enough).

To explain things for you:

Lion has the same desktop photorealistic icons of Mac OS X. Its menu bars, however, have been reduced to high contrast monochrome icons similar to Apple's 2007-era iPhone and the Menu Bar icons Mac OS X has always used in the top right by the clock.

Prior to Lion, sidebars (Finder/iTunes) and window menus (Mail, etc) were usually colorful and somewhat inconsistent. Lion has incorporated the scaled down, less distracting monochrome icons of iOS & the OS X Menu Bar, both of which are designed not to scream for attention because they're always visible. The desktop is not always visible, so it doesn't have to be toned down or scaled back to basic icons.

Metro, on the other hand, is flashy bright colors borrowing only iOS's heavy use of animation. But now the W8 UI is incorporating flat utilitarian icons for much the same reason as Apple. I don't think the article is boohooing Microsoft's copying as much as pointing out that Apple figured this stuff out first at every generation, as another poster commented:

- sharp b&w icons at a time when the PC market was using blurry color with ugly graphics
- classy use of understated colors and shades of gray ten years before Microsoft toned things down for Win2000
- Use of iconic/cartoony icons that took advantage of color capacity in the early 90s, which Microsoft began to figure out 6-7 years later
- Use of photorealistic graphics and translucency in MacOS X in 2001, which Microsoft didn't really adopt until Vista in 2007, because Windows lacked the underlying graphics technology.
- Touch friendly understated menu icons with iOS, iPad and Lion starting in 2007, which Microsoft is trying to layer on top of Windows to use as its new thing sometime in 2013.

Get it? If not, start at the top and re-read.
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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

I'm pretty sure Microsoft's Windows 95 "beveled gray buttons" look was inspired by NeXTSTEP. The elements are all there: embossed group boxes, inset fields, and raised buttons, all done in gray (as opposed to white like Mac OS of the era. Before NeXTSTEP, UIs didn't look like this. After NeXT, everyone from Amgia to Motif to Windows adopted the "beveled control look."

Yup, MS took a lot of the ideas from NeXTSTEP to make the Win95 UI. Dead giveaways to that are the close and minimize window control icons and the pseudo 3D looks. Then they started to go away from the Win95 design with subsequent releases. With Mac OS X, I think one of the problems is not enough negative space, and the white background. The separation between icons in icon view is too small.

From Win95 to Win7, I think Win95-Win2000 have the best UI iconography and looks. After that, they started colorizing too much. And the hideous use of transparency that both Apple and MS started to use. Ugh, hideous.

Now, if only Apple would get rid of the Menubar. It was nice for small screens back in the 80s. Today, it is an abomination. It's too bad Apple couldn't get rid of it with Mac OS X. Now, we have to wait for another OS cycle for the opportunity to get rid of it.
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