Apple and Google may be less friendly these days, but they’ve always had a major similarity. Their designs are clean and minimal. This may not be to everybody’s tastes, but then not everybody’s tastes are good.
iOS and Google.com are both excellent pieces of design where form seems to follow function perfectly, so imagine my horror when I realized both now allow you to stick in your own wallpapers. I know that doesn’t force anyone to do anything, but I think it shows a lack of belief in design.
iOS 4 looks great, and putting a picture of your baby behind it will ruin the aesthetics. Sorry. Designers are professionals who we should trust – when Joe Public is let loose we end up with Pimp My Ride or ‘The Homer“. Henry Ford had it right when he said ‘any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.’