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Early 2013 has seen a rise in some pretty interesting discussions on the use of ‘flat web design’. Flat design seems to be causing a slight stir amongst the design community right now, arguments for and against the flat design trend are often lively and heated.
Flat Web Design?
Firstly, flat design in the case of this article is referring to either app or UI web design – NOT housing or apartment decoration.
Flat design rather simply means your web or app design contains minimal use of heavy gradients, bevels, drop shadows or any form of element that would provide considerable depth to the user interface.
It is easy to get caught up in the debate, flat design has without a doubt been received both positively and negatively.
However, today I wanted to take a look at the positive examples of flat design, both in terms of web apps and mobile apps.
Remembering The Project Needs
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 then another, it all comes down to what works best for the project in question.
Flat Design In The Wild
The best way explain what the term flat design means is to provide you with some examples.
Take a look at the respective sites or apps and spend some time interacting with the interface, how does it improve/lessen your user experience?