19 comments

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, 4 years ago

    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!

    20 points
  • Kyle BavenderKyle Bavender, 4 years ago

    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.

    18 points
    • Michael CookMichael Cook, 4 years ago

      I think it's more likely that they're just continuing the current trend of fashionable letter substitution

      1 point
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

        …which began for the SEO benefits.

        6 points
      • Kyle BavenderKyle Bavender, 4 years ago

        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.

        1 point
  • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    "[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."

    I died

    11 points
  • John AnzelcJohn Anzelc, 4 years ago

    The best part of the post: OSX with no contrast

    10 points
  • Phil RauPhil Rau, 4 years ago

    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! :)

    9 points
  • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, 4 years ago

    Really?!?

    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.

    6 points
    • Kyle BavenderKyle Bavender, 4 years ago

      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

      ...ok.

      2 points
      • Ivan BjelajacIvan Bjelajac, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

        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.

        5 points
      • Liam SarsfieldLiam Sarsfield, 4 years ago

        If this is the best we can do as far as satire is concerned, things are bleak, very bleak.

        0 points
    • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 4 years ago

      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"

      1 point
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, 4 years ago

    An Eli Schiff article I can actually agree with.

    4 points
  • n keylen keyle, 4 years ago

    Are those icons? RIP icons.

    4 points
  • Luca Candela, 4 years ago

    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.

    3 points
  • Marc-Oliver Gern, 4 years ago

    The Unofficial UI Pattern Library for Axure RP. http://wearebridge.co/ux-tools/Axure-UI-Kits/

    0 points