Is timeless UI design a thing?(

over 3 years ago from Tiago Franco

  • John Doe, over 3 years ago

    If you can create something that is both functional and timeless, I can hardly see the downside of it. It’s not a question of being art or not.

    If you hire an architect to plan your house, you wouldn’t want it to be something that would need to be completely reworked five years later. Ideally, he would plan something that would be as timeless as possible.

    Design adapts to progress, as you’ve made clear with the iPhone example, but regarding websites, it’s possible to keep it as simple (and functional) as possible to favor its longevity.

    In sum, I hardly disagree that the article misses the point of design.

    0 points
    • Miles ReiterMiles Reiter, over 3 years ago

      I don't know exactly where I stand on the point of design, but I'm not sure that architecture and interior design is quite the right fit for the idea behind that example.

      Architecture absolutely has trends. Tastes in style, paint colorings, window size, number of floors and position and size of various rooms, flooring treatments, furniture and appliances, it all fluctuates quite significantly.

      The trends and styles that go in and out of fashion do tend to last longer than those of UI Design, but I wonder whether that would hold true if it was as easy to redesign a house and buy all new furniture as it was to redesign a site or an app.

      2 points