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Showcase of Skeuomorphism in iPad Interface Design

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Love it or hate it, skeuomorphism has been a popular tool in digital interface design since the birth of the GUI. Following Apple’s own use of skeuomorphism, interface designers have created some visually stunning apps for iOS devices that mimic various features of analogue technology. This post showcases 30 fantastic examples of iPad interface designs based on real life objects, from retro synthesizers to wire bound notebooks.

DroneCorps UI by Scott Kane

DroneCorps UI by Scott Kane

Deckadance by Artua

Deckadance by Artua

Ui10 by Diego Monzon

Ui10 by Diego Monzon

Mobile DJ by Diego Monzon

Mobile DJ by Diego Monzon

76 Synthesizer by Jonas Eriksson

76 Synthesizer by Jonas Eriksson

The Drum Machine by Jonas Eriksson

The Drum Machine by Jonas Eriksson

Home Cooked iPad App by Eric Hoffman

Home Cooked iPad App by Eric Hoffman

Carl Cox Mixer by Jonas Eriksson

Carl Cox Mixer by Jonas Eriksson

Radiopad by RepixDesign

Radiopad by RepixDesign

Jam Boxx by BSSP

Jam Boxx by BSSP

Big Beat Radio by Pavel Skritsky

Big Beat Radio by Pavel Skritsky

FL Studio Mobile by Artua

FL Studio Mobile by Artua

Rockmate by Fingerlab

Rockmate by Fingerlab

CDJ PADMUSICUIX by Petithomme Greg

CDJ PADMUSICUIX by Petithomme Greg

Expense Tablet by Adam Williams

Expense Tablet by Adam Williams

iPad MP3 Player by GremlinCat

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Scrabble for iPad

Scrabble for iPad

iPad DJ Mixer by BigPitcher

iPad DJ Mixer by BigPitcher

iPad Calendar by ygcreative

iPad Calendar by ygcreative

AmpliTube by IK Multimedia

AmpliTube by IK Multimedia

DDR Sound for iPad by Abraham Vivas

DDR Sound for iPad by Abraham Vivas

Pioneer VSX-1122 by Hervé Denjean

Pioneer VSX-1122 by Hervé Denjean

Appetites App by Clear Media

Appetites App by Clear Media

Zen Viewer by skinsfactory

Zen Viewer by skinsfactory

DJ Table by BigPitcher

DJ Table by BigPitcher

Next! by LefTurn Labs

Next! by LefTurn Labs

BizTome by FireSnake Labs

BizTome by FireSnake Labs

Napbot by Convolve

Napbot by Convolve

Night Stand HD by Sourcebits

Night Stand HD by Sourcebits

Virtuoso by Ivan Marinov

Virtuoso by Ivan Marinov

Old Futuristic Radio by Tobia Crivellari

Old Futuristic Radio by Tobia Crivellari

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

19 Comments

  1. Mazi says:

    They look really horrible and hard to use. Let's hope this will serve future designers as a negative example.

  2. izrada sajta says:

    Yes, they look very kopleksno. But it's all a matter of habit. The taste is not discussed … just a comment … :).

  3. But retro is very nice and has a … and for the fans of this technique is this refreshment … congratulations masters.

  4. Simply beautiful and attractive.

  5. ihategooglesheep says:

    Awesome!

  6. Awesome skin, thanks alot, this is what I've been searching for.

  7. jaimeeee says:

    Extremely horrible and useless IMHO.

  8. Tom says:

    My favourite had to be the CDJ PADMUSICUIX by Petithomme Greg. Nice job.

  9. RobM says:

    I'm disappointed with some people's comments. It's seemingly very "hip" to hate skeuomorphism right now – please don't just jump on the bandwagon and label these designs "horrible" or "useless" just because Apple have binned off Scott Forstall. Think for yourselves.

  10. mikep says:

    I have nothing against it. It looks pretty.

    But beyond that these on-screen pseudo-knobs have never been useful in the 15 years I've tried them on various applications with mouse, touch, or otherwise.

    Just buy a real mixer made out of real hardware.

  11. SDGSteve says:

    Skeuomorphism always feels a bit pointless to me, especially with DJ things, in real life you're limited by physical space etc. digital is a chance to do it differently rather than just make a virtual CD deck. Have to say Rockmate looks like fun though.

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  13. johanso says:

    Awesome, Awesome !!

  14. oldfashioned says:

    While I agree that excessive use of skeumorphism may clutter an interface and make the overall UX a bit sluggish, I feel like most mediocre designers are hyping against skeumorphic designs because they lack the skill to create them.

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