Monthly Archives: September 2013

Does Googlebot care about valid HTML?

Source : http://youtu.be/j3KgrbiB1pc
Credits : Matt Cutts

Flat Web Design Style Is Here To Rule the Roost

The bright colors combined with exotic typography have made way for flat interfaces. Over the past few months, a rapid shift has been noticed in app interface and software design wherein the skeuomorphic and 3-D trend has paved the way for minimalism and simplicity. The web designers, even a couple of months back were flexing their creative muscles and were pouring in animations and flashy illustrations to enthrall their visitors, flat designing trends have evolved to do away with all these complicated designing techniques, patterns, textures and bubbles and are leading the way towards more simplified and user-centric design style, where the content is legible and the site is engaging.

Flat Web Design

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Simply put, flat web design is a simplistic and minimalistic design approach that stresses on usability. The flat web design style features open space, crisp edges, vibrant colors and two-dimensional illustrations.

Minimalist Approach is Not Boring
In flat design, the flashy designs and animations remain absent but this does not mean that the style is boring. Bright and contrasting colors, bold (often retro) typography and simple interface elements like buttons or icons easily grab the attention of the users.

Flat Design Is Easy to Grasp

Simple images that are used in the flat designing style convey the messages more quickly to the visitors compared to the detailed illustrations. Images such as icons can indicate universal actions or purposes making it easy for everyone to understand.

Flat Web Design

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A website is designed to boost conversion and flat web designing styles by solely focusing on the content, engage the users and influence conversion. The user experience is highly enriched and the sites are likely to receive positive feedback as being user-friendly.

In order to design a flat website, the design elements must center on and around the idea of simplicity. The flat websites have vivid and solid colors offer the required emphasis to the various aspects, ‘Sans-Serif’ typography offers clean and crisp supplement to illustrations. The text remains concise and to-the-point and the UI elements including the icons, links and buttons are noticeable and clear.

Flat Web Design Style

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Apple Inc., the leading follower of skeuomorphic design trend, has changed its route to try flat design when it releases iOS 7 later this year. Among the multi-national giants, Microsoft was the first one to apply flat design style to its interface.

We are dealing with incessant flow of information, both relevant and irrelevant. We are constantly evaluating, updating and creating content, and at one point of time, these all get exhausting, especially when much of the content consumption has moved to small screen and hand-held devices. Crammed and overload feel of the site disrupts the visitors’ experience and the reduction of clutter in the user interface becomes necessary to create that visual euphoria among the users. The flat web design trend has thus become ubiquitous.