Flat design is the most popular trend in UI design right now.
Superficially, flat design is simple:
- Don’t use gradients, shadows and textures
- Use simple shapes, bold colors and clear typography
I believe that a few prominent flat designs sacrifice usability and best practices such as consistency for the sake of aesthetics — and this is what I’ll primarily be talking about. But first, I’d like to discuss flat design in a historical context.
When we pay for software, it’s usually because it solves a critical problem we have. It satisfies a need. It provides a certain value we’re willing to pay for.
And if we can derive value from a product or a service at no upfront cost, then we are more likely to pay later on in order to continue deriving that value.
Internet entrepreneurs need a business model that supports this notion.
Android is flexible. Most reviews tout that as a key advantage of the operating system, particularly when it’s being compared with iOS.
To quote recent switcher Andy Ihknato:
Android has a consistent core philosophy that I find instinctively compelling: why wouldn’t a phone give its sole user a vote on how their device works?
In the last few years, web designers have gradually realized that cluttering our designs with non-essential elements isn’t a good idea.
Excessive design elements like meaningless stock photos, textured grunge backgrounds, convoluted navigation systems, social-sharing buttons, blog post widgets, and other types of page bloat steal attention away from the core goals of our web design.
So instead of adding more stuff and more options, many of us have chosen to reduce our designs to their most basic forms.
And though we are building websites that are visually simpler than their predecessors, the results have inversely been profound.
In the beginning, the device-specific media queries we’ve been using in our websites served us just fine because we just needed a quick-and-dirty responsive design solution to accomodate the iPhone and similar-sized smartphones.
But with the constantly expanding amount of devices being put out in the market, it’s time to rethink the common responsive design breakpoints we’re employing in our designs. Why? Because this approach isn’t sustainable. We also have to change the underlying reasons and motivating factors behind why we’re setting our responsive design breakpoints at these particular points.
If you’ve got design skills, you have plenty of opportunities available to you for generating additional site traffic.
In this article, I’ll discuss some ideas and show you some examples of website content that have the ability to bring in a lot of site visitors.
Creating a startup has never been easier. And once you get going — depending on your drive, vision and personal motivation — you will likely experience rapid growth and productivity at the start of your journey. Everything’s new and there’s seemingly endless potential to grow.
However, once the honeymoon period fades and reality sets in — and it will at some point — you will be faced with doubts, fear, and insecurity. This point in time is a crucial fork in the road; one path will move you forward and the other will lead you astray.