I used to daydream of really baroque interfaces like seen on alien spaceships in SF shows. (Interlaced triangular touch-pad layouts, flowing Hub-And-Spoke control hardware designs, and more.) Remember how the heydey of "Cyberpunk" was the late 90's? Between parts of Star Trek series, the Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic, and more? Even some of the old "cute" 80's films had some innovative interfaces. (I vaguely recall Last Starfighter had some. Star Wars fans want to chime in?)
Now the Future of Computing is here... and it's ... UGLY. Windows 8?! Eew.
Where did all the cool tech flavor go? Did we lose that innocent sense of wonder and get crushed into being drones?