Skeuomorphs are material metaphors. They are informational attributes of artifacts which help us find a path through unfamiliar territory. They help us map the new onto an existing cognitive structure, and in so doing, give us a starting point from which we may evolve additional alternative solutions.
Skeuomorphs tend to feature purely decorative elements that are made to resemble the design or structure of elements that were essential in the original. They can be physical objects but they also have a major role in UI Design, which is getting more and more pronounced with the so-called “post-PC” devices such as the iPad.
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