A Few Tips On How To Create a ‘Flat’ Design
The new trend, (which is being incorporated in many new systems such as Microsoft’s metro styled user interface and Apples new iOS7) allows designers to give their interfaces a much more ‘clean’ and fuller layout.
Some of the big differences between ‘flat’ layouts and ‘non-flat’ layouts are as follows:
- Flat layouts tend to use solid colors and avoid gradients wherever possible.
- They tend to have little detail such as textures and boxes tend towards having squarer and sharper corners.
- Minimal design elements are used to help push the ‘clean’ trait of ‘flat’ designs and to make the user interface appear less cluttered.
So really the main tips for creating a ‘flat’ design are to just do the bare minimum you can when designing without cutting into functionality. if possible, stick to a nice colour scheme that is easy on the eyes and incorporate it wherever possible.
The image below that compares iOS6 with its new iOS7 shows of most of the good features that a flat design would strive to incorporate. The minimal use of elements, less gradients and gloss being used to define the icons. At a quick glance you can see that the flat design appears to me much ‘cleaner’ and less busy which allows users to quickly navigate around the screen with their eyes.