iOS 7 takes the old interaction model of relying on real life equivalents to communicate concepts, explain items and provide affordances and dumps it on it's head. I won't go into detail about this but there is a great review of the new designs that gets to this point on Fresh Air

So, a few days before the unveiling I was in Google Drive and getting really bummed out by this.  

 

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The default view of a Google Document is the old school "Print Layout". Looks nice enough but 99% of the Documents I create will never be printed. I mean the Document product it's self is loaded with features that eliminate the need to print.

I was getting bummed because my content was getting interrupted by this break and I wanted it to be formatted nicely for my client. So I turned this view off and this is what it looked like.

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Boo.   

I have a great love of nostalgia, tradition and comfy things but it'll be nice when digital products stand tall and proud, respectful to their predecessors but true to themselves.  

I imagine I need to take this critique too. I'm going to watch out for the instinct to do stuff like this. I bet we designers do it all the time without noticing. 

Interesting enough we see this same problem with Mobile and legacy Desktop stuff. I'll have to dig up some examples. 

 

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AuthorTyesha Snow