Flat Web Design – Simple, Uncluttered and User-Friendly!

Flat design

There a brand new trend that’s sweeping the web design industry called flat web design. You may not have heard about it yet, but you’ve surely seen it. The thing is, it’s really not all that “new”, as Microsoft pretty much introduced it in 2006 with its now-discontinued Zune site design.

So exactly what is it that makes a “flat” web design?

Flat design is simply a design devoid of drop shadows, gradients, and textures which have ruled web design for a few years now. Flat design employs brighter, solid colors and a good deal of ‘white space”. Typography often figures prominently into flat design.

Why the rebellion from 3D to flat design?

The reason that makes the most sense is that designers find it more and more difficult to cram all the elements of a 3D design into a world full of mobile screens. The 4 inch limitations placed on this are making moving to a simpler, more compact and functional user experience right out of the gate. This joined with making pages load faster, and have far more responsiveness is vital in a mobile world where seconds matter.

Is this a trend or is flat design here to stay?

It would be easy to dismiss this as merely another fad in web design, and then leave it at that, Nevertheless, with the next Apple operating system iOS7 rumored to be seeking a more flat design, can the rest of the web be far behind? While it might easily turn into a fad, its simpleness and user-friendly functionality might help it to stay around longer than most.IMG_6393 small