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Skeuomorphs in popular culture


Skeuomorphs in popular culture

  • A plastic Adirondack chair.[1]
  • A digital contact list resembling a rolodex.[2]
  • Many features of wooden buildings were repeated in stone by ancient Greeks when they transitioned from wood to masonry construction. Decorative stone features of Greek temples such as mutules, guttae, and modillions derived from true structural and or functional features of the early wooden temples.[3]
  • The Minoan elite had very elaborate and rare silver cups, which were often recreated for the mass market using ceramics.[4]
  • Clay pottery bearing rope shaped protrusions.[5]
  • Celtic interlacement is derived from the patterns produced by a technical process––in this case, by weaving.[6]
  • 1998 IBM RealThings package.[7]
  • 1995 Microsoft Bob operating system, which used images of real objects such as calendars and reference books within a 'room' that users could interact with.
  • Shutter-click sound emitted by electronic devices to imitate a mechanical shutter, such as camera phones and compact digital cameras.[8]
  • Many music synthesis and audio processing software packages closely emulate physical musical instruments and audio equipment.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Lederer, edited by Erin McKean ; forewords by Richard; Winchester, Simon (2006). Totally weird and wonderful words. New York: Oxford University Press.  
  2. ^ Worstall, Tim. "The Real Problem With Apple: Skeuomorphism In iOS". Forbes. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Vickers, Michael; Gill, David (1996). Artful Crafts: Ancient Greek Silverware and Pottery. Oxford:  
  4. ^ Knappet, Carl. "Photographs, Skeuomorphs and Marionettes". Sage Journals. Retrieved 12/3/12. 
  5. ^ Manby, T.G. (1995). "Unbaked urns of rudely shape" : essays on British and Irish pottery for Ian Longworth. Oxford: Oxbow Books [u.a.] pp. 81–84.  
  6. ^ "Skeuomorph". The Oxford English Dictionary. 
  7. ^ Mullay (April 1998). "CHI 98 conference summary on Human factors in computing systems".  
  8. ^ Vulcan, Nicole. "How to Remove the Camera Shutter Sound on an iPhone". Chron. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  9. ^ Norman, Donald. "Affordances and Design". Retrieved 12/3/12. 
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