Chapter 8. Advanced User Interfaces
A lot of digital ink has been spent discussing Apple’s move away from skeuomorphism in iOS 7. In this context, skeuomorphism refers to a style of user interface design where digital objects retain characteristics of their physical ancestors. Most famously, previous versions of Apple’s Calendar was designed to look like a physical calendar, down to its stitched leather trim and the torn remains of previous pages along the top edge.
When the iPhone first came out, it was a new type of device. Those skeuomorphic queues often helped orient new users. The calendar felt familiar, which made it easier to understand and use.
Unfortunately, this also limited what we, as developers, could do with our user interfaces. ...