I will admit, though, that I hate the trend (and it started with Windows 8/8.1) toward "flat look" user interfaces, which have become ubiquitous.
I don't like them for myself because they don't give enough visual relief/distinction between controls and other elements
I actually somewhat like the flat look as an extension to simplicity, but for exactly the reason that you pointed out, think that they got it wrong. They made everything flat, whereas it should have been flat with visually protruding controls. The test that they should have done, I believe, was to get a group of people, usually older folks, who have never operated a computer, explained to them the concept of clicking and then asked them "What here is clickable?". On Windows 7, if I remember correctly, I've seen novice people have the problem of not understanding where the border of a folder window is, because the borders of the folder were semi-transparent with the wallpaper (or whatever is placed in the background to the folder one is currently looking at). Now, I am not an expert on design, but I think pretty much all products should aim for simplicity, de-clutterness and cleanness, but not at the expense of clarity (in the sense that you should relatively-automatically know which does what). For example, I've seen babies turn on the lights in a room with the classic *click* button on the wall, always located by the door through which you're walking in. In that sense I kinda dislike in terms of an idea such features as the 'swipe down to view more' in Android, for example. I am 100% sure that no person who has never owned a smartphone or a touchscreen device will be able to figure out that you can drag the top of the screen down for more options on their own, apart from either luck, or trying everything out. I don't want tech to be completely child-like either, since after all it is a novelty and some sort of a learning curve is expected, but it certainly doesn't help that new gadgets don't have a comprehensive operational manual in their package, even though they don't offer a product that is completely intuitive that you wouldn't ever need one. Seriously, remember when phones came with a user's manual that went through all their features - every single one. And further back, the Commodore 64 came with a user's manual that basically thought you BASIC (See what I did there, basically - BASIC, lol...). Once again, I am not a designer, but I can't comprehend how Windows 10, being a 15+GB OS, didn't have something as simple as coloring the "X", at the top-right of every screen, in red color (Mind you, not put it in a red square, but simply changing the color of the font of the "X" symbol to red). I am starting to think, even though I haven't really delved much into research on the topic, that Steve Jobs really was a visionary and companies such as Apple and others are somewhat lost and chaotic without him and others like that.
I am just going to finish by saying that Windows XP was the first OS that I was personally in control of and by the time I had developed experience with it, I was able to go through every single folder, hidden or not, in the whole OS in under an hour - in fact since I didn't know English that was how I tried to fix problems by finding leftovers of old files or virus-looking ones and manually deleting them, lol. In essence, Windows XP was an older cars' engine with easily accessible parts that you can reach by hand and Windows 10 is a better-functioning Mercedes, but has that cover on its engine and everything is so tightly-packed that you need at least a PhD in mechanics and engineering to change the air-filter.
In conclusion, UIs are getting flatter and it would appear that the minds behind creating them are too. The idea of them is simplicity, but it falls short in realizing that vision, leaving its users oftentimes scratching their heads. With that being said, Windows XP is practically almost completely obsolete if you want to access the Internet and Windows 10 is the way to go.
TL;DR: I had male leggings when I was in kinder garden, looking like Peter Pan, of which I could never figure out which way was front and which back and I also found them pretty hard to put on. I haven't worn male leggings since kinder garden.
best analogy award recipient
Edited by Just_One_Question, 06 September 2017 - 04:51 PM.