I miss Skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism is the design concept of making items represented resemble their real-world counterparts. (Examples)

Im in Windows → Chrome → WordPress and almost all of the shadows, gradients and rounded corners have been eliminated.

These are buttons.
The tiniest possible shadow and rounded corner. 1px each.

I miss buttons that had heft and affordance that screamed Click Me.

Mmmm. Skeuo!

The Nielsen-Norman group recent published a study that found significant reduction in task completion because of flat design. I know design fashion is a real thing that makes a difference, but I think flat design has had its time and now we need to bring back rounded corners, shadows and gradients. Bring back affordance!

Affordance is when an object’s sensory characteristics intuitively imply its functionality and use. (More detail)

I am not proposing something ugly, but we need to move forward. The number one thing to start with is shadows. Shadows provide enormous hints to the information architecture and drag-ability of an object. It creates layers of information. Enough with the 1px thin line. Let’s see some real separation of layers.

Take it all the way

Sometimes I hear the words “clean, classic, modern, fresh” and then I see “flat, white, undifferentiated, boring”. I see low task completion rates.

Well, bottom line…I miss that 3-dimensionality. Blur the lines of digital and physical. Keep it beautiful, but experiment.