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What Design Trend Will Come After Flat Design?

Flat design has taken the world by storm and it doesn’t seem as if it is going away anytime soon. It is still praised as a revolutionary concept of UI because of its abandonment of the realism for minimalism, and yet the world of web design is always on the lookout for the next new thing. Flat design’s pros and cons have also inspired the new possible trend designs.

Flat Design

The origin of flat design came from a reaction to the realistic approach to web design or skeuomorphism. As a concept, this UI focuses on simplicity.

Unlike its predecessor, the Flat design is not only minimalistic but also bold and clean. This is especially evident in the choice of colors, which are primarily bright, and typography, which is quite large and clear. Colors and typography accommodate the simplified nature of Flat design making the UI more engaging.

More Design Freedom

The minimalist design sounds great in theory, yet hybrids like Flat 2.0 allow designers more freedom to play with their designs in the choice of colors, shapes and the like. Shaping a unique image is crucial to standing out online.

A More Dynamic Grid

Reorganization of the traditional grid layout could be a great complement to Flat design and two possibilities emerging are the broken grid and asymmetrical grid.

The broken grid offers a fresh collage look, in which images and text intersect throughout.

The asymmetrical grid takes the split screen design a step further. The new grid still opts for balance but uses asymmetry to draw attention to key components in a visually interesting way.

Softer Shapes

The minimalistic Flat design works hand in hand with water-inspired fluid shapes design. The softer edges complement the crude simplicity and set the form free. The new windows have a more organic feel to them and though they are 2-D they give the illusion of space.

Careful Use of Animation

Content is king but in the ocean of information, users tend to skim through their reading. In this sense animation can be used to draw attention to marked parts. The animation is tricky, used in just the right amount it can be informative and even fun and attractive, but too much of it makes reading incredibly difficult.

Sticky Footer Ads

Ads are omnipresent online, used on every platform imaginable. And yet, that might not be the end of it. To make them more noticeable, designers stick them, horizontally or vertically, so that they follow the user’s view as they scroll.

Sticky footers are not a new thing, as they have been used on mobiles first. Australian experts from GWM believe that it is crucial to follow trends but also hold on to the ones which produce the best results. Thus sticky ads are likely to be introduced to all mediums including desktop computers.

Sticky ads are a bore, but placing them at the bottom of the screen makes the best marketing effect, as it is always in the user’s line of sight and yet it is not too disruptive to the user’s routine.

Flat design offers a trendy, simplistic design. Its bold colors and typography make it visually appealing in a different way than the previous realistic one. Despite its pros, designers and users alike find faults in it. The most mentioned one may be the lack of creative diversity.

There are features which are being introduced to Flat design, some of which resulted in the making of Flat 2.0. More freedom in the choice of designs, like colors and patterns, and softer designs may transform Flat design from a trend to a more permanent solution.

Also, more interactive grid, carefully chosen amount of animation and perfectly placed ads can make the Flat design better equipped to meet the future.

Lena Hemsworth

Lena Hemsworth spent a better part of her life working as a business consultant in Sydney. Now she is a freelance blogger and copywriter. When she is not working she enjoys kite surfing and taking care of houseplants.

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