I keep looking at Hollywood OSes for UI inspiration— their purpose is to clearly show a machine in an environment with info.
And what I see Microsoft and Google’s Android team and now Apple is not that— it’s bright colors, solid white backgrounds, and deep colorful 3D effects. It just keeps feeling like it’s selling itself as a fresh interactive high-art design magazine over its natural structure (Device ▷ OS ▷ App ▷ Content) and its place in the world (a machine and tool we use, not a portal or alternate reality).
But maybe the designers of these UIs would disagree with me.
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What amazes me most about this and most other luxurious home theaters I’ve seen photographed is how consistently undersized the screen is.
I mean, if you’re going to shell out for chairs woven from silk of mostly-extinct deep-underground-jungle gold-eating-and-spinning giant silkwurms, you’d think you could afford a ~$200 floor-to-ceiling projector screen.