“Across the board Google and Android is taking design a lot more
seriously,” Matias says, and points out that Roboto is used
throughout the system. “There’s this thing that’s happening
right now in user interface design that I find kind of shackling.
The faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage
trend.” He laughs when he says this and pulls up a slide on his
computer, a split screen of an Atari 2600 and… airport lavatory
signage. It’s an obvious dig at both Apple and Microsoft.
“The biggest problem behind these trends is not anything about
the aesthetic quality about them, but rather the framework that
they impose on everything else,” he opines. “Right now if you
look at all of these applications that are designed in this
real-objecty, faux wood paneling, faux brushed metal, faux jelly
button kind of thing… if you step back and you really look at
them, they look kind of juvenile. They’re not photorealistic,