Week-end time ! And hence a perfect time to code and write stupid blog posts.
Today, it suddenly occurred to me that almost every single modern computer UI I see nowadays tries to put round corners everywhere. If you want examples, examine the UI of the computer you’re currently using, or see WordPress’ control panel…
…Windows 7… (courtesy of http://toastytech.com/ )
…and Mac OS X…
What’s with this rounded corner madness ?
- Maybe it’s because square buttons are as old as Windows 95 and hence it was time to introduce some change ?
- Maybe it’s because there’s no way to make them look “modern”, then ?
- Maybe it’s because round corners are technologically superior then ? But no ! Drawing them costs processing power (because checking if a point is in a square requires 4 comparisons whereas rounded corners require handling of translucency or much more complex checks) and valuable screen space (the button psychologically feels smaller, so you have to make it bigger in order to get the same perceived size and hence ease of use).
Well, in the end, I just don’t get the round UI frenzy at all. Can someone help me understand ?