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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Skeuomorph" is a word that I can never remember

It's a word I like, it describes stuff that I'm interested in.  I once did a series of blown glass objects that were skeuomorph related--glass containers that resembled the new materials that had supplanted glass's traditional function.  I made glass baggies, and glass drink cartons, a glass milk canteen shaped like a breast, usw. I just can't seem to keep the word in my head.

skeuomorph /ˈskjuːəmɔrf/ skew-ə-morf, or skeuomorphism (Greekskeuos—vessel or tool, morphe—shape),[1] is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.[2] Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar,[3] such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with a circular town name and cancellation lines.
An alternative definition is "an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned from the new material but was essential to the object made from the original material".[4] This definition is narrower in scope and ties skeuomorphs to changes in materials.
I hope that the next time I can't remember the word, I'll be able to look it up here, by searching for "remember".  Because a blog is like a scrapbook, or something.  

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