Flat design is a style of interface design emphasizing minimum use of stylistic elements that give the illusion of three dimensions (such as the use of drop shadows, gradients or textures) and is focused on a minimalist use of simple elements, typography and flat colors.
For example, in Scotti Law Group’s website the blue bar creates a separation and draws more emphasis but only with a simple color change.
Also, in HRV’s website we have used 3 different colors separated by flat color to separate but not emphasize.
Going forward, it’s likely that we’ll see the following further trends in flat design come to the forefront.
- Long shadows. These bring more depth to flat designs.
- Vibrant color schemes. Popular UI frameworks and templates have prompted many to begin using more vibrant colors in their designs.
- Simple typography. Simple typefaces help to ensure that text remains legible and readable in flat design.
- Ghost buttons. These allow for functionality without distracting from the UX and are often represented as outlined, clickable links that change when the user hovers over them.
- Minimalism. Looks to cut down on the number of elements in order to create a fresh, uncluttered UI.
Reference article by AWWWards on 2016 Web Trends
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