November 14, 2014

Why flat is back in the world of web design

Published by andreb

Flat Design vs. The 3D Experience

Gone are the days when web designers preferred using objects popping out of their websites or shadowy text fonts in an attempt to provide users with a simulated 3D experience.

The 90's were riddled with this 3D stuff, and we suspect Microsoft Paint had a helping hand in its proliferation. It's officially known as skeuomorphic design, and focuses on faux-realistic textures, multi-dimensions, and an abundance of drop shadows.

The need to make a website accessible to all platforms has made web designers return to the basics. All smartphones and computer screens are flat. Hence, a flat but solid design with harmonious color tones, a minimalist interface, creative typography and less gradients make a web design fit for the year 2014.

Design jargon explained - Skeuomorphism

MorwebCMS graphic designer, Shawn Xiong shares his thoughts on flat design in today's mobile world, in this recent interview.

Why do you think the web has embraced flat design?

Designers today gravitate toward flat design because it feels crisp and modern, and allows them to focus on what is the most important -- the content and the message. By removing design styles like drop shadows, gradients or textures, flat design make things more efficient and looks crisp and clean on any browsers and devices including laptops, tablets and smart phones.

When should it be used?

Designers today gravitate toward flat design because it feels crisp and modern, and allows them to focus on what is the most important: the content and the message. By removing design styles like drop shadows, gradients or textures, flat design make things more efficient and looks crisp and clean on any browsers and devices including laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Is usability always more important than looks?

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If you google Bevel Button you will found most post are from year 2008 to 2012. Beveled effect was a trendy too back to that time, but it’s 2014 now. If I see an button on a major company’t website, I will let our sales manager to grab the phone and give them a call.