Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Skeuomorph

A skeuomorph is a design feature that's no longer needed but included because previous versions of the item (often made using different materials or in a different way) had whatever it is.

For example the decks of cruise ships are no longer made from planks of wood (as it's a fire risk) but they're likely to be finished in a brown material laid in strips to resemble planks. Modern compact cameras no longer have shutters, but they often make that distinctive cur-lick when a picture is taken, as they have a device added to reproduce it. Chocolates sometimes still come individually wrapped because back in the old days people didn't always eat a whole tinful in one sitting ...

Can you think of any more examples?


33 comments:

Teresa Ashby said...

What an interesting word!! Is it like keyboards, like the one I use, that make a loud clacking sound like a typewriter? I can't stand silent keyboards.
Had to laugh about people not always eating a whole tinful of chocs in one sitting :-) Thanks for the links and I hope you have a lovely Christmas :-) x

Frances Garrood said...

All I can think of is that that particular chocolate is one of my favourites, and it's making me ...hungry? No. More greedy, I suppose. Sigh.

Wendy's Writing said...

Following on from Teresa's idea - the tapping sound that can be switched off on mobile phones. I know there must be loads of others but I can't think of any. Ooh what about the fake worn parts on new jeans... would that count? Ah, got another one - marble effect lino tiles.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They add the sound of the shutter clicking? That's funny.

Maggie May said...

The word sounds like it's morphed into a skew, which is a twist on the original meaning. What is it called when a word sounds like what it means? I'm just popping over to ask my very clever literary friend and will be back with an answer if she has one!

L said...

A bit mean to show us that lovely chocolate which we can't reach. I can eat a whole tinful of chocolates in one go. I try hiding them from myself but I'm really good at finding them. Thanks for the competition information.

Maggie May said...

My friend tells me the word I was looking for is onomatopoeia, but of course that means that the word sounds like its meaning, as in pitter patter or tick tock. An interesting word though.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Interesting! That is one I've never heard before. :)

Patsy said...

I'm the opposite with keyboards, Teresa. I got the quietest one I could. Mostly that's because I share an office with my husband. He finds my erratic typing distracting.

Patsy said...

If it helps, Frances we found this one among the Christmas decorations, so it might be a little past its best.

Patsy said...

I think the phone sounds are for deaf people, Wendy and have a different pitch for each number. If that's right then they don't count as they're useful. Ripped jeans probably do count - either I'm getting old and crotchety or deliberately buying ripped clothing is a very silly way to carry on.

Patsy said...

They really do, Alex (only on some cameras and usually it can be switched off)

Patsy said...

Surely you mean your OTHER clever literary friend, Maggie? ;-)

Patsy said...

Te he. I hide things from myself too, Linda. Like you I'm good at finding them again.

Patsy said...

Onomatopeia is a great word.

Were you thinking of phonosemantics?

Patsy said...

I hadn't either until I stumbled across it a few days ago.

TracyFells said...

A new word for me, but one I feel I will instantly forget because I can't pronounce it! Sadly, I could eat a tin of chocs in one sitting which is why I haven't eaten any chocolate this year. On 1st Jan I can eat chocolate again and may indulge for a few days ...

Suzanne Furness said...

Definitely a new word for me! Happy Christmas, Patsy :)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a lovely new word. Yum, yum to a whole tine of chocolates!

Leandra Wallace said...

And a new word for me too! I'm learning all kinds of stuff today. =)

Ginger Brooke Perrone said...

I can't even imagine trying to stay put with one chocolate!! lol. But your absolutely right. Just shows what gluttons we as a society have become as we polish off entire boxes of chocolates. Luv the word Patsy as we always learn something new when we arrive at your beautiful blog. Headed over to the links you left & sharing your post now!! Oh, & Merry Christmas! :)

lizy-expat-writer said...

Hook-style tin-openers - I could never get the hang of those. Though you're probably too young even to know what they are!

Maggie May said...

Wish I had Patsy, but sadly I'm not sure what I meant, other than I took the word and split it into 'morphed' which means turned into or changed and 'skew' which means twisted. So something that has skeuomorphed has changed into something else. Not sure if there is a word to describe this. I'll disappear now.

Misha Gericke said...

Very cool word! Never even knew there was a word for it. One I can think of is a simulation of a page turning on some e-readers and e-reader apps.

Linda G. said...

What a cool word! You're wonderful for my vocabulary. :)

Patsy said...

I think it's skew-o-morf Tracy - can't guarantee that'll help you remember though.

Patsy said...

Good, I sometimes worry I might be the only one who didn't know these words, Suzanne.

Patsy said...

I'm going to try not to scoff a whole lot myself, Rosemary. Expect me to hold out for minutes.

Patsy said...

That's good, Leandra.

Patsy said...

So glad you like the blog, Ginger.

Patsy said...

I'm certainly going to claim to be too young to know what you're talking about, Lizy!

Patsy said...

Yes, that must be one, Misha.

Patsy said...

I'm hoping to improve mine, Linda - though I suspect I forget more than I remember.