Trend: Flat Design

I’ve been reading about a trend called “flat design,” which is a form of user interface/web design that involves minimal use of drop shadows, gradients, 3D graphics, or anything else that would give the illusion of depth.  Flat designs have been showing up on both desktop and mobile apps. Even Google and Microsoft have been

There are arguments for and against this design trend. As far as aesthetics go, I’d argue that flat designs can facilitate a simple, sharp, and clean look for a user interface. However, implementing too much of this design, especially for a long period of time, may eventually cause your website or app to seem dull, amateurish, and/or less interactive to users.

Whether you’re pro- or anti-flat design, David Martin said it best in his article on Design Woop.com:

“As with any design trend, people can often overlook the project needs or requirements. The focus on any project should always be how best to convey and represent the clients needs and their brand. In essence their is no such thing as one style or trend being better [than] another, it all comes down to what works best for the project in question.”

Check out some great examples of flat design.  Feel free to share any thoughts/opinions you have about this trend.

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About intelligentuxdesign

I am the Assessment and User Experience Librarian at the University of Dayton Libraries. I am a graduate of Kent State University, where I received a Master of Library and Information Science degree in August 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management with a concentration in User Experience Design in May 2012. My professional interests include usability, user experience design, information architecture, visual and information design, human-computer interaction, information technologies, and outreach services.
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