Everything's beautiful, and nobody's happy
There's no shortage of good-looking apps these days. But spend five minutes on Hacker News or reddit and you'll probably find at least one of these things:
- A new app that puts a fresh coat of paint on something that had been completely ordinary until the developers got their grubby paws on it.
- A short, pointed complaint about how some app or other "sucks" or is "unusable."
- A redesign of said app.
- A self-righteous blog post about user experience patterns.
A lot of the things that are going around are actually quite aesthetically pleasing. iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and the web have all come a long way since the era of Under Construction GIFs and webrings, and have each refined their graphic languages and interaction guidelines to some semblance of an "intuitive interface."