Gruber on New Mac App UI Trends

This post refers to daringfireball.net

John Gruber doesn’t write full length pieces as often as he used to, but this one is good. It is mostly a piece on how the newly released Twitter for Mac has bucked traditional User Interface concepts/trends on OS X and kinda done it’s own thing:

There’s a conservative/liberal sort of fork in UI design, in the sense of traditional/non-traditional. The conservatives see non-standard custom UI elements as wrong. Liberals see an app built using nothing other than standard system UI elements as boring, old-fashioned, stodgy.

It took me a long time to learn about sticking to standards when it comes to design. The irony is that now that I have, we are coming to the point where the trend is going the other way.

I agree with Gruber that there is probably nothing to fear, but having seen some of the apps in the Mac App Store, I don’t think we are there yet.