• Music production programs may contain the most intensely (and anachronistically) skeuomorphic interface designs of any professional software class. While the "honesty" of flat design has swept across many domains, music software remains a stubborn holdout that feels baroque in its artificial depth and rich gradients. While the current UI trend is minimal, flat, and loaded with white space, it seems wrong to dismiss these highly textured interfaces as bad just because they are swimming against the aesthetic currents of the moment. If it adds to confusion, then sure, those are bad interfaces - but in many cases the homogeneity of flat designs can be equally confounding. Rather than subscribing to any one set of visual conventions, designers should focus on making products and services work well for their users.


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