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All about flat design

Posted by Paul on 19. September 2013
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The year of flat design: 2013

It is easy for saying that the year 2013 has been recognized as the year of flat design. Even Apple has a driver consisting of skeuomorphic design trends for several years. A person can however try out s different level of flat design when it launches iOS 7 afterwards this year. So anyone can get ready to try it out well.

A person may hot be sure of how to begin. Web designer Depot can assist one along with a guide of the flat design resources. The putting together of the enormous list of all the flat designed things has enabled one for getting typography choices to color palettes to free UI kits.

If a person wishes to test out the flat design waters or swimming in to it a bit deeper, then he or she has to do everything which is required for getting started. This implies from do-it-yourself to tutorials to ready made tools.

Flat design 101

Flat design can be said as a style which lacks the tricks being frequently used by most of the designers. This enables for making up of a three-dimensional or realistic effect.  The style is usually characterized by a complete minimalistic look which is frequently retro, bold, muted but bright colors. Moreover the simple user interface and typography elements also characterize icons or buttons. Flat design techniques prevent features or patterns which make it more attractive. Those embellishments are artificial textures, gradients, drop shadows, embossing or bevels. The designing style is greatly famous for the simplest websites which not only consist of certain pages and also for the mobile applications. However flat design has been even criticized for the whole simplicity, utilizing the illustrations (so that some are labeled cartoonish) and also a user interface style which can tend to be tough for certain users for understanding.

Animation can be particularly prevented within the flat designed projects and also the huge images. In the minimized design schemes, a designer frequently gives enough room to the content. It further permits the designers for telling the story in a direct and simplified way. Certain other trends have also started for emerging up the flat design. A re-emphasis, “long shadow design” and “almost flat design” can tend to be renowned minimalist design always. Flat design has brought about a great emphasis back in to the minimalist design.

This is also emphasized for the designers who are not utilizing flat-style techniques. As concerned for the whole trend, there is a re-emphasis on the lines, sharp shapers and white space. Moreover it tends for the return of basic and simple typography. “Long shadow design” is utilized for the exclusive icons. Moreover it is exemplified by an image in an icon frame which has got a tinted place. The long shadows generally fall at 45 degree angle. “Almost flat design” is usually based upon the flat design. But those may consist of a certain degree of minimal effect like a simple shadow.

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