Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Flat or Realistic Design - which do you prefer?

   Which design style would you prefer? Flat design or skeuomorphism? Remember, when we say that something uses flat design, words like minimalist, bold colors, sharp edges and lines, simple typography, and very little shadowing will come up. In skeuomorphism, the presence of embossed and bevel effects, 3-D artificial textures, and drop shadows and reflective shimmers can be seen.
   Flat design is defined as a type of minimalist design. Using this style will much emphasize the usability of an application. When people were asked ideas about how they think flat design look, words like simple, clean, modern, trendy, and colorful were some of the answers. Positive arguments for flat design are: illustrations are minimized; if an application uses this kind style, it loads faster; and the content is represented in such a way that it is simpler and easier to understand.
  Skeuomorphism is the design concept of making items represented resemble their real-world counterparts. Skeuomorphism is commonly used in many design fields, including user interface (UI) and Web design, architecture, ceramics and interior design. Skeuomorphism contrasts with flat design a simpler graphic style.
  In UI and Web design, skeuomorphism attempts to create three dimensional (3-D)  effects on a 2-D (flat) surface. A skeuomorphic icon on a smartphone display that represents the phone function, for example, is designed to look as much like a telephone (or handset) as is feasible, typically with shadowing, highlights and some degree of detail. A button might appear to be raised until clicked and then appears to lower as if it had been physically pressed.

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