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the recent trend towards ever-larger, ever-rounder UI elements in both mobile and destop operating systems is a tangible manifestation of the inherently capitalist trend towards the infantilization of the customer. While the ergonomics of mobile devices tend to incentivize the design of larger, touch-friendly elements, I feel like the latest design trend goes beyond plain usability and is meant to further shift the perception of what a smarthpone is: no longer a portable computer several times more powerful than most people's laptops but a magical toy meant to drive mindless consumption (and endless data mining)

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@antanicus Another interpretation is that as handheld computers become more capable the graphical style can move away from the sparse utilitarianism of Enterprise, and become more about artistic expression.

@antanicus same reason why these days everything online, from education to stock trading, gets the gamification treatment

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