Designing Update – Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

Is the trend of flat design over? We don’t think so. He’s not dead yet. But the trend has evolved to be less strict and more appealing to users.

The early days of flat design were marked by a complete lack of design elements such as shadows, gradients or realistic elements with texture. Many of these design elements are back, but are associated with the general idea of flat design to create a simple and user-friendly website user experience. Depending on which side you are on, this could be a better version of the flat design.

Here is an overview of the evolution of the flat design trend and where we stand today.

Flat design 101

Flat design was the rebellious response to all the overly realistic – and often false-three-dimensional elements and textures that overflow the Internet in the early 2010s. Part of the too real design paradigm came from Apple, because it was the style of icons in the app store and on its devices. (The company eventually switched to a flatter style after the trend really took hold.)

The flat design was really just that. It embodies clean lines and a more 2D style that, according to proponents, makes it easier to understand and use. Flat design schemes also focused on elements that focus on color and typography, rather than many images. Generally, a single image or illustration can carry the entire home page into a flat design diagram.

The problem with a really flat design is that this has not always been the matter. Some users found that the stripped styles did not have enough information to guide them through the design. But, massively, the designers loved. Flat design is probably one of the most important and revolutionary visual trends of the last decade, as it persists.

Material Design

To understand why flat design has changed so quickly, it’s important to look at the material design, the visual language that Google has developed for its products and applications.

The material design picked up the best parts of the flat design and then added subtle dimensions. The concept focused on improving the user experience and interaction of the user by merging the digital world with reality with tactical effects and realistic movements.

He brought back elements such as drop shadow and seemed to “soften”the almost harsh nature of the flat design of the beginnings.

Hardware design is a well-defined concept with lots of ever-changing Google documentation. It, too, continues to evolve with the trends and wishes of users. Why the material is so important to the court is that it has driven the development of the court much faster.

Court 2.0

Enter Flat 2.0. Here’s how we described the trend in the early stages “ ” Flat 2.0 is easier to use because it combines the best of flat design with additional UI cues to help you create a beautiful and functional website design. It is also very adaptable and works with almost all concepts. Unlike some of the purest flat-designed websites, Flat 2.0 combines elements of flat with subtle additions to improve usability.”

We didn’t find “Flat 2.0” at Design Shack. It was first used by designer Ryan Allen: “Flat 2.0 is an evolution, not a revolution. Where the flat design was a radical departure from the creeping skeuomorphism of yore, Flat 2.0 is a playful branch of the flat tree. The flat design is the Christmas tree, the dish 2.0 is the ornaments and candy canes. And gifts. No tinsel however, this stuff is a mess to clean.”

Flat 2.0 allows designers to break the strict rules associated with flat design and bring back some of the techniques that make visuals more engaging (in moderation, of course).

  • Select
  • Gradient
  • Multiple shades and color values
  • Shadow
  • Any color palette (not just super bright)

Flat 2.0 does not live in a world where everything is a ui element or symbol. Photos and videos are a big part of Flat 2.0 interfaces. (Many purists of flat design initially thought that these visual elements deviated from the pure intention of aesthetics.)

Apartment 2017

Now most of the designs are somewhere in the middle of all these trends and ideas. There is always a real preference for flatter styles, but there is much more in the designs. This development has not yet been named, but you can see common features in many website designs.

This is how the flat design looks in 2017:

Flat elements

Many button styles and UI elements from early flat design projects are blocked. The simpler button style-rectangular box with square or slightly rounded edges with white or black text – is common. Logos and icons have also adopted this flat style, and combined with a more elaborate homepage design, these really stand out.

Simplified navigation

The hamburger icon and hidden navigation came out of a flat design, because the designers tried to remove elements from the visual flow.

Bright And Bold Colors

Thanks to the bright color palettes and the acceptance of more colors from flat patterns, the web has become a bit happier. This has become a major current trend of using bright gradients on the home pages, as a dominant visual or as a photo overlay.

Minimal Start page

In general, the homepages are much less busy and tend to focus on individual actions. Even with multiple elements, a single direction or action by the user makes the entire project a little less busy.

Better Typography Everywhere

The stripped designs had to focus on the large type. This idea, combined with the increasing use of better web lettering and fonts, has made it easier for designers to focus on online typography.

Fewer “False” Effects

Skeuomorphism has really not returned. While more and more design techniques are being used in the 2017 flat design release, over-designed-trying-to-be-real styles have not resurfaced.

Integrated movement and feedback

The biggest point to remember about material design was the idea of the feedback loop as it applied to the visuals and communication with the users.

Many White rooms

The screens have become larger( on desktops and mobile devices) and designers are taking advantage of this space by using it as a white space to maintain the minimal living feel. (And most often this extra space is not white.)

Flat layers

Layered elements without ornaments can look good and provide additional information to users.

Oversized design elements

Large text, large images and large buttons and icons are almost the standard, even thanks to the first projects that use a flat design.


The development of flat design has left us a better web. It’s easier to read; it’s more usable; it’s just more enjoyable.

The best thing about this trend – and the reason it persists – is that it is flexible enough to evolve easily. Designers can take the parts and concepts of flat design that work best and incorporate them into almost any project. That’s why we still see so much of it in today’s projects and why flat design wasn’t just another short-lived fashion.

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