Recently there has been a lot of discussion about skeuomorphism vs. flat user interfaces, but I think the entire discussion is broken.¬†Let’s go back to the beginning: The original Macintosh GUI. An extremely flat UI, but full of¬†skeuomorphism.

Source - http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/03/operating-system-interface-design-between-1981-2009/
Source – http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/03/operating-system-interface-design-between-1981-2009/

Folders look like folders. File deletion is done through a trash item, that not only emulates a trash can but looks like one. Floppy disks that are inserted into the Mac appear as disks on the desktop. The desktop itself is a metaphor based on a real world object. Continue reading