With the release of Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS7, just around the corner, a new design revolution is afoot. A Flat Design revolution to be specific. The term “Flat Design” can be misleading. It sounds plain or quite boring, but it solves for a great need in all good design: functionality. Often times things on screen will try to mimic their real world counterparts, using skeumorphic design. Ever look at the Notes app on an iPhone? Or the subtle shaded keys of the Calculator. Do we need ruled legal paper and a cartoonish font? The practitioners of Flat Design don’t think so.
Flat Design calls for a simplification of elements, providing streamlined clarity and function over form — a design principle for the ages. So what happens to the gradients, drop shadows and bevels that are the standards of traditional skeumorphic design? Gone, gone and gone.
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