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adriantry Staff says

There’s a new article on Envato Notes by ThemeForest author Andy Wilkerson (Parallelus). It’s worth a read:

Living in Flatland: How to Create Website Themes Using Flat Design

As design trends change, it’s important to adapt our products to the new styles. Right now it’s obvious we’ve officially landed in Flatland. Everywhere you look there is an explosion of flat design styles. With the release of iOS 7, we now have every major mobile operating system using a flat interface style. Apple was the last of the big three to make the shift, possibly hoping if they waited long enough the Microsoft-inspired “Metro” look wouldn’t catch on. It did.

What are your thoughts on flat design? I’d love to hear them. :)

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jonathan01 says

link?

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Smartik says

What are your thoughts on flat design? I’d love to hear them. :)
Lazy designers. :P
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InfiniWeb says

I dont think the flat design trend will last very long.

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themespirit says

I couldn’t disagree more with the lazy designers tag I’m afraid.

I personally think that flat designs are beautifully clean but can still have layers of complexity.

Try creating a series of icons, all which have to be self explanatory, using just simple shapes and only a handful of colours. To me, this is the opposite of lazy, it takes a great deal of skill.

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ToivoMedia says

I couldn’t disagree more with the lazy designers tag I’m afraid.

I personally think that flat designs are beautifully clean but can still have layers of complexity.

Try creating a series of icons, all which have to be self explanatory, using just simple shapes and only a handful of colours. To me, this is the opposite of lazy, it takes a great deal of skill.

Exactly, clean and simple looking doesn’t mean easy to create. It’s a mistake people make – to think something you’ve never tried to do is easy.

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Parallelus says

I couldn’t disagree more with the lazy designers tag I’m afraid.

I personally think that flat designs are beautifully clean but can still have layers of complexity.

Try creating a series of icons, all which have to be self explanatory, using just simple shapes and only a handful of colours. To me, this is the opposite of lazy, it takes a great deal of skill.

I’m pretty sure he was joking about flat design being out of laziness. :)

That’s exactly the idea though, it’s very difficult to accomplish because of it’s simplicity.

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Pricop says

I always loved the way Metro UI from Windows Phone looked, but some parts from Windows Phone for example are just ugly and not intuitive at all, I subscribe to what themespirit said.

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Bedros says

Flat is great , but it is really time consuming for being too “simple”

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digitalscience says

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Einstein

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