Cool set of free tourist icons.
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An older article about Why the Flat Design Trend is Hurting Usability, got me thinking about this subject again.
I agree with some of what the article is saying, though I feel saying flat design is hurting usability is a bold statement. I would say instead that designers use of flat design can sometimes be taken too far. When this happens the whole reason to use “flat” as a design technique can backfire and will created the opposite visual advantages, making the design harder for someone to use.
I’ve written about this before, but I believe the answer lies somewhere in the middle of skeuomorphism and flat.
Google does a great job of this I believe. They have flat looking designs but when needed aren’t afraid to use a drop shadows, gradients and strokes for depth and separation of objects.
I personally feel this technique isn’t skeuomorphic nor is it 100% flat. I’ve ran into more instances where a slight separation is needed to make something stand out of a design or separate it from another element.
As a designer it’s my job to make solve a problem for a user. If the solution is a slight gradient on a button to make it look like something that is active and requires action, then there is NO harm in doing so and if done well, doesn’t date the design or make it look non-modern.
Excellent article about Low Fi prototyping.
I can personally say that my 3 year old son is amazingly proficient at using a tablet. It’s fascinating.
This is pretty spot on. UI Designers are cooler. #justsayin
This is pretty awesome. Being able to format text blocks into shapes (much like you can in InDesign for print) could vastly change how we layout content heavy pages.
I guess the question now is when will all the browsers catch up with this newish CSS style? Also does this make sense for mobile? hmmm.
flat design is more than just an artistic treatment; it’s a response to the serious functionality issues that skeuomorphism presents.
Another excellent read about the positives of the Flat Design “trend”. What I like about this one is how they tackle the subject of it being a trend. Is it really a trend or is it a solution to a problem?
I think these 2 bullets pretty much explain how and why flat design is the right way to approach web design.
The author also articulates the point about how going “flat” doesn’t mean you have to go without perspective and dimensionality:
Flat design doesn’t necessarily mean that anything hinting at dimensionality is out of place. For example,this website features an angled illustration with a clear perspective. But the overall trajectory of the trend is towards simplicity and minimalism. The buttons are plain fields of color with sharp corners. There’s not a drop shadow, beveled edge, or gradient to be seen.
Once again UX Mag publishes an article that is a must read for any designer out there.
Quite simply one of the most brilliant pages I’ve seen in a while. Especially if you’re in the market to sell a client on WordPress.
There are some good tuts in here. I would suggest everyone use a New Years Resolution and take some of these. Me, I plan on taking Flat UI Pro Tutorial: How To Use LESS to Create a Sign-In Form
Working with Types: Typography Design Tutorial for Beginners
as a refresher.
Off canvas navigation is especially effective when you have webapps with a complex and deep content structure, because it hides the navigation from the view when the user is focused on the content, and when the user wants to navigate, the view changes and the navigation is in focus. And it allows the navigation to take up the space needed to give the user a good overview of the webapps content.
Great read about flat design and some of it’s challenges and techniques to consider.
Another great article that explains why rotators and carousels and sliders just don’t solve the content problem that most sites that utilize them suffer from.
WHOA this is awesome. Web Font Blender. This tool lets you:
“checkout neat webfont combinations. Obviously we all want to make the web look better, don’t we?”
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