The Windows metaphor still applies.
There is a lot of commentary on whether Windows 8 should not be called Windows anymore, because there are no more “windows”, as in app that open in windows. But just as in architecture, the windows look different nowadays, so do the new windows in the operating system. They can still be windows if you think of them as modern styled, like some Apple Stores.
Google should have Matias Duarte in charge of designing all their products’ UI
Matias Duarte is a fairly known name in Silicon Valley and most of the tech industry. He is responsible for the user experience and interface design of the Sidekick, Helio, webOS, and now Android (since version 4.0). All of the above previous engagements have been either successful for a short period of time or not at all, but when he came to work for Google he changed everything for Android. After all, he is the inventor of the “cards” interface vastly used today for multitasking.
I am somewhat familiar with his work, since i use a Palm Pixi Plus and i have fiddled with his other projects. And truthfully, I am very excited to see him work for Google, and his work with Android is incredible.This man took Android at complete changed it. He turned around the mess of that interface and cleaned up everything. He made new icons, he standardized animations and transitions and gestures, he unified the experience, he made it coherent, and most importantly, user friendly. It doesn’t rely on anyone else to prettify it for the public; it is better than any other Android skin out there. Some people could even say it saved it.
But Android hasn’t been the only Google product to receive a redesign in the past year. Nearly all of it’s products received a new identity and a new look. but it wasn’t led by Matias Duarte. And it only makes me wonder why. I just had the opportunity to use a Galaxy Nexus (albeit for a short period of time) and it was beautiful. It was amazing. And it made me realize: “What if Matias Duarte redesigned the entire Google experience?”
Giving a man like Matias Duarte the task of designing Google would completely redefine the company, with a unified experience across all platforms including the web. it is likely to attract far more users and invite people to “go Google” (i know i will). He may be a mobile interface designer by large, but this may open up his range and will likely be an incredible project for both him and Google. It is an option worth exploring and i really hope he or anyone else at Google reads this and agrees