We need more people like you willing to point out that the emperor has no clothes (or in this case, no drop shadows, colors, or textures). Good job!
Second that. This post was funny, but also makes an important point.
Last but not least, our crowd favorite, Author app, takes first place! Extra points go to Author app for choosing the least SEO-friendly product name on the internet and for drawing the fewest vector shapes possible.
I find this hilarious. Sorry if this offends you, but it raises the question: is a hyper-minimalist aesthetic sense healthy if it is indistinguishable from laziness or lack of time or effort?
Also, SEO — totally true. Good luck convincing Google (et al) you're the definitive source for "author" or even "author app". Which reminds me of a story — it might be urban legend, but I heard that the band "CHVRCHES" chose the "V" in their name to better hit search results.
I think it's more likely that they're just continuing the current trend of fashionable letter substitution
…which began for the SEO benefits.
Oh no doubt it's a trend Michael. (And no doubt I find it a bit tired. :) )
But it sounds like the band formed in 2011-2012. No claims they were "first" here, but admittedly "churches" would be a terrible band name choice from an SEO standpoint.
"[Priime] was so successful in its icon design that Priime managed to fool top App Store interns into thinking their icon featured an "i," when in fact it is a "p."
The best part of the post:
The sheer, unmitigated gall of the way Eli delivers his opinions has provided my workplace with no end of entertaining, yet thoughtful debates all through last year. Thanks Eli, for being so controversial! :)
So much effort focused on negativity and degrading the work of other designers.
I'm surprised at you guys. I'd expect this sort of thing from Eli, but hoped the community could be a bit more mature about things.
degrading the work of other designers
This is a satire piece.
But before responding to the heart of your message, I just want to point this out:
I'd expect this sort of thing from Eli
...who is a designer writing critically & thoughtfully (sometimes satirically) about our industry...who you have now put down & vilified...
negativity and degrading the work of other designers
Looking at his Work section and reading this article, I can't shake the bitter aftertaste it leaves. He seems more offended by the new flat simplistic trends rather than actually wanting to make a point about the problems these icons have with branding.
This just seems like venting.
Also, he takes himself WAY too seriously.
If this is the best we can do as far as satire is concerned, things are bleak, very bleak.
Well, yeah, shit work deserves mocking and negativity. I respect myself and good design too much to accept this as "okay". Reasoned critique went nowhere, so this type of humor is a great way to both mock and still call for something better.
When today's standard is so far from acceptable, it's not worth being more mature. This type of design work isn't worth the dignity and acceptance granted to it by understanding and as you say, "maturity"
An Eli Schiff article I can actually agree with.
Are those icons? RIP icons.
It might come as a bit of a shock to Eli, but his taste might not be the canon for the rest of the world. I'm wondering how he'll be able to cope with that.
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