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Why Do Current Graphical User Interfaces Not Work Naturally & How They Can Be Fixed? (01 Aug 2005)
So, why have computer interface designers not put much apparent effort into coming up with alternative interface shapes? One primary reason is that people expect monitors to be square. They think of a computer as a gigantic, electronic notebook, ledger sheet, newspaper, drawing pad, etc. Users have come to expect small-scale smoothing, such as done by the buttons and window corners in Mac OS X, Windows XP, etc. The buttons are rounded, the windows don't look sharp and forbidding, and overall the feel is a more comfortable, calm look.
Article URL: http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v6i26_myers.html

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