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Patterns as Comforting Ornamentation

September 13, 2012

Today, patterns are often used as ornamentation to bring texture and interest to the otherwise function graphical user interfaces of our computers. These patterns are not a functional element in they’re designs. Apple has consistently used subtle repeated forms and patterns in many of their user interface elements through the years. You might remember the apple titled “brushed metal” user interface from Mac OS X panther:


This is a great example of patterns adding appeal and charm to an otherwise bland user interface. Apple continues to use this type of ornamentation today. The login screen on all new mac’s (the one’s in our classroom included) as a pattern apple calls “linen.” You can see it here, from the login screen:


And here from the background of all the folders on iPhones:


One Comment leave one →
  1. aarowilso permalink
    September 16, 2012 3:48 pm

    If anyone took the conversation about skeuomorphism to heart, here’s a guide to removing all the skeuomorphism from OS X Mountain Lion.

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