Can I ask you something? When was the last time you used a floppy disk? Oh, you can’t remember that far back? Well how about this question, when was the last time you needed to save a file that would fit on a floppy disk (264kB)?
I can’t remember either. Actually, that’s a lie. My essays in their .doc format would fit on a floppy disk, maybe up to ten or eleven of them. Or just one if I convert the file to a .pdf, but none of my other work for uni would fit. My sound files? Not a chance. The videos I filmed for our next k-film? Ha! A single photograph taken with my DSLR? Not even close!
In fact, I remember when floppy disk drives became outdated and suddenly buying a computer with one in it became impossible. I remember this only because at the time my mother had an embroidery machine that could read patterns off a floppy disk and we had to use a very old (and very slow) computer to transfer the files onto the disks because none of our new ones had the drive for it!
So, when was the last time you saw a floppy disk? Or, say, an image of a floppy disk?
I saw five today. Five different ones (all the Microsoft ones look the same) I should say, I probably encountered about 7-8 all up.
The image of the floppy disk is synonymous with the ‘save’ button, and clicking that little outdated piece of storage hardware will ensure your work doesn’t disappear if you computer suddenly crashes.
It’s definitely a skeuomorph, but I don’t think there’s any harm in it. It’s just something that I noticed today and wanted to share.
And really, aren’t they just a little bit cute?