I read an article on BUSINESS WEEK this morning titled “The 10 Commandments of Web Design”, and to no surprise there wasn’t anything revealing or that I didn’t already know. Though, number four gave me a chuckle.
4. Thou shalt not overuse glassy reflections.
“Apple often sets the standard for slick and cool—in all forms of design. But some experts say the company’s habit of creating glassy reflections under photos of its products has been far too commonly copied, turning the style element into a cliché.”
I don’t think Apple created the look, but I can remember when Apple started using this. When they introduced the use of it in their latest operating system with “cover flow” I remember thinking, “Oh gosh. Why?”, but I think Jason Dilworth said it best when he described it in a conversation as, “the new drop shadow.”
Apple does use it pretty effectively (drop shadows also have a time and place), but just like the over use of drop shadows the reflection is not a good idea.