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A design feature that is carried forth from the original version of a product in order to make people feel comfortable with the new device. For example, the click sound on a digital camera comes from an audio clip; however, the original sound was the actual shutter opening and closing. Spokes on hubcaps are skeuomorphs, whereas spokes on early automobile wheels were necessary. Pronounced "skew-uh-morf." See flat design.

From the Greek Words Skeuos and Morph
"Skeuos" and "morph" mean "tool" and "shape," and the term originally referred to adornments that came from earlier Greek structures. For example, a decorative carving on a new building might replicate a form on an ancient temple that was structural.

A Smartphone Skeuomorph
This iPhone wooden bookshelf motif was designed to use a familiar object to make people feel comfortable. Along with other skeuomorphs, it was eliminated in 2013 with iOS 7.

A Windows 8 Skeuomorph
This Windows 8 Paint menu uses a 3.5" floppy disk icon for its Save functions. In computer years, the floppy is now ancient, having had a lifespan from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s.
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Skeuomorphism is not an option--applying traditional museum and exhibition catalogue principles in a digital world will not work.
Flat, minimalist design elements replace skeuomorphism.
Following the shift from iOS 6 to iOS 7, Mavericks has removed some of the skeuomorphism and real-world metaphors from the user interface of OS X Mountain Lion.
Forget Facebook's laughably crude social skeuomorphism, which produces a shallow analogue of offline "friends" and "relationships" the way a background JPEG of low-res Corinthian leather makes your blog look like a classy desk blotter.
In the past, a strange concept called skeuomorphism took root.
According to the paper, some of Apple's software has been criticised recently for including redundant ornamentation from real-world objects in its design, an approach known as skeuomorphism.
Skeuomorphism is widely recognized in ceramic studies (Gill & Vickers 1995: 241-2), and is a topic acknowledged by Sparkes.
Content over Chrome: Skeuomorphism, the act of using physical textures, such as stitched leather, for no particular function, has become a principal on how not to design software.
Otherwise, iOS 7 looks exactly the same on both the 5S and 5C, with its all-new design doing away with the skeuomorphism (real world metaphors such as torn yellow paper in the Notes app), instead opting for a cleaner and simpler design.
The redesign will see visual metaphors and skeuomorphism - such as the green felt table of Games Center and the wooden bookshelves of iBooks - replaced by a cleaner and more simplistic interface.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen more discussion and illustration of a few topics, particularly things like skeuomorphism and species selection, and perhaps less skimming over so many diverse subjects.
According to many Apple insiders, Steve Jobs was always a fan of skeuomorphism, or the use of visual metaphors to help make applications and features feel more familiar to users.