UK Design Museum praises Windows Phone 8; Apple devices have 'faux-leather look'

Windows Phone 8 devices, particularly those made by Nokia, have been selling much better than previous Windows Phone devices since they launched in November. Now Microsoft has received more good news: Windows Phone 8 is in the running for a major design award.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the mobile OS has been nominated for the U.K. Design Museum's 2013 Designs of the Year award in the Digital category. Pete Collard, the exhibition’s curator, praised the design of Windows Phone 8, saying:

The language that Windows Phone 8 presents is a very digital language, it says ‘this is digital information presented on a smartphone,’ and as such is not trying to bring in other cultural ideas ...  It is a nice, clean, pure color, interface. The tiling system is intuitive. It is not over-designed to bring in other narratives from other objects.

Collard is less impressed with the designs of competing Apple products. While no specific device or operating system was mentioned, he did say, "What was Apple doing in bringing in the faux-leather look? Were they suggesting that people miss their old leather books?"

Other nominees in the Digital category include the Raspberry Pi computer, the Gov.UK website and the "Zombies, Run" app. The winners in each category will be named in April, along with one overall Design of the Year winner.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Microsoft

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