This Just In! – The Web Design World is Indeed Flat!
Everything comes full circle, even web design. You might not have noticed it yet, but there's a brand new trend out there, and its name is flat web design. It's sweeping the industry, and the thing is it's really existed since Microsoft unveiled it in 2006.
So exactly what is it that makes a “flat” web design?
Flat design is characterized by simple, bright solid colors, a lot of white space, and the absence of drop shadows, gradients, and textures that were a major element of a web designer's arsenal for a while now. Often typography plays a prominent role in flat web design. Flat web design is a â€œsmooth” solution whose aim is to eliminate as many decorative elements of a â€œ3D” type look as possible.
So why the move from 3D to flat design?
There are several reasons why this is happening, but possibly the most persuasive reason is that it's an invention born out of necessity. The 2D environment that designers often have to work in, in this ever-more mobile world, necessitates economy of scale.
It's become more and more difficult to cram all you might want onto a 4-inch screen, making a 3D simulation somewhat disadvantageous and incompatible with a great user experience. With a flat design pages load faster, are less bulky and are more responsive. In a competitive world in which you have a few short seconds to impress and hook your visitors, every second counts.
Trend or is flat web design here to stay?
It might be easy to dismiss this as merely another trend in web design, and then leave it at that, However, with the next Apple operating system iOS7 rumored to be seeking a more flat design, can the rest of the web be far behind? Although it might easily turn out to be a trend, its simpleness and user-friendly functionality might help it to stay around longer than most.