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Using non-photorealistic devices on app sites

over 7 years ago from

What are your thoughts on this? I'm talking about not using the usual iPhone or iPad pic, which I think in some cases steals away the attention from the app or its design — some cases I think, intentionally to disguise a not-so-nice UI design.

Examples:

http://elgena.co/#slide4

http://www.ologame.com

3 comments

  • Sean HurleySean Hurley, over 7 years ago

    Maybe it is used so as not to draw attention to the shiny glass and place the emphasis on on the content?

    http://web.archive.org/web/20121207072940/http://emilolsson.com/

    2 points
  • Ryan DevenishRyan Devenish, over 7 years ago

    I think the most important thing is: does the user get it? Do the people who visit the site understand that it's a mobile product for your phone or tablet? Does it aid to make your designs look their best? Does it somehow fit better into your brand or the surrounding content? …

    Say yes to any of those questions and you should probably illustrate the device instead of using a realistic image.

    When we're using our phones, I don't believe we think about the physical device, but are rather engrossed in the app we're running. So it shouldn't matter what the shape outside the screen is. And what's wrong with making your UI design look as good as it can?

    1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 7 years ago

    the intent, as stated on the Minimus V site, is "placing the importance on your design and not the phone." which i believe it would do quite well.

    to a critical designer's eye, it may be distracting to not see what you've come to expect. though to the masses, a de-emphasized phone shell would put the user's focus firmly on the screen itself.

    0 points