If you haven’t already noticed, flat design is so in right now.
So what is flat design? It’s design. That’s flat. It revolts against skeuomorphism. In UI design, skeuomorphism usually refers to a digital element designed to emulate something from the real world – think of the leather stitching that boarders the calendar on an Apple device or the faux pine bookcase in iBooks.
Skeuomorphism was introduced to help us make sense of new technology, i.e. If if looks like a real button and shines like a real button it must mean I’m meant to push it.
Windows first pushed the flat style trend with its Zune – the tech giant’s failed answer to Apple’s iPod – in 2006 and continues to embrace the design philosophy in Windows 8 and on its website.
Apple has also taken to flat design in its latest overhaul of iOS, as has Google, Mailchimp, Rdio, the list goes on.
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Flat designs feature five distinct characteristics: no added effects, simple elements, focus on typography, focus on color and a minimalist approach. What you won’t see in flat designs are beveled edges, gradients, shadows or reflections that create a 3D look.
It is simplicity and clarity in design.
WordPress themes designers have taken to flat themes with gusto, creating beautiful themes and functional designs for any kind of business or professional. I’ve put together a collection of themes that best show off the beauty of flat designs.
So what comes after flat design? I’m looking forward to finding out.
What are your favourite examples of flat design? Tell us in the comments below.
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