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Apple’s ‘skeuomorphic’ design philosophy draws fire

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The recent management shakeups at Apple got me thinking about the traditional design elements incorporated in many real estate industry apps, and the need to create designs around the user experience. I'm more convinced than ever that less is more.On Oct. 29, Apple announced some significant leadership changes. A handful of executives, including lead designer Jony Ive, were given additional responsibilities. The moves were aimed at streamlining departments (hardware, software and services) and increasing collaboration. However, the big news was that Scott Forstall was leaving Apple. Forstall was the senior vice president of iOS, the company's mobile operating system. Like others, I was reminded of the Fast Company piece published a couple of months earlier entitled, "Will Apple's Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt?" written by Austin Carr. "Despite consistently glowing reviews from critics and consumers alike, iOS and OS X, Apple's operating systems whi...