No to NoUI
You may have heard someone say “the best UI is no UI,” or noticed the NoUI hashtag flying around recently. Timo Arnall critiques this sort of advocacy for invisible interfaces in an elegant essay:
Interfaces are the dominant cultural form of our time. So much of contemporary culture takes place through interfaces and inside UI. Interfaces are part of cultural expression and participation, skeuomorphism is evidence that interfaces are more than chrome around content, and more than tools to solve problems. To declare interfaces ‘invisible’ is to deny them a cultural form or medium. Could we say ‘the best TV is no TV’, the ‘best typography is no typography’ or ‘the best buildings are no architecture’?
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APRIL FOOLS ROUNDUP!
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