Flat design is a term that you see everywhere these days and there is a good reason for that. But what is flat design anyway?
Flat design is a style which has more to do with mobile user interfaces than web design and it is called flat due to the fact that there isn’t any 3D realism in it. What defines this trend is the lack of gradients, shadows, 3D effects or various other wild design elements.
Many say that this trend is going to be revolutionary and that it will change the face of web design as we know it, making everything better. Sounds familiar to anyone? Of course it does. We work in a tech environment where every year or two, a revolutionary trend or web technology makes way and changes everything. Flat design isn’t at all revolutionary, but a step towards a better web design.
What I personally like about flat design and a lot of people appreciate too is that it is usable, not just appealing. It is the result of minimalism and creative design combined, with distracting elements removed from the layout and focusing on the content and conversions with the use of color and typography, not wildly creative graphics.
Another thing that I like, and most people do to, is that it is scalable, responsive, suitable for almost every browser or platform. Mobile internet is a market which grows rapidly and designing for it is a must if you want to keep up. Scaling a flat web design is far easier than a skeuomorphic one.
In the rest of the article I’m offering you for inspiration a selection of flat websites design and flat web design layouts that I hope will be of use to you.