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Flat Design 2.0


Flat design is a style of interface design emphasizing minimum use of stylistic elements that give the illusion of three dimension such as: the use of drop shadows, gradients, textures. Designers prefer flat designs because it allow interfaces to be more streamlined and efficient. 

From the icons on modern smart phones, computers, the very popular emojis, to big name companies’ logos; flat design is everywhere. Although, the flat design allow interfaces to be more streamlined and efficient, but it has a downside, flat design has been criticized for making user interfaces unintuitive and less usable, meaning great number of users do not know what is clickable. 


The birth of flat design 2.0 provides designers the allowance for subtle details and does  not “outlaw” the techniques, also today’s flat design includes updated elements such as those that move with the page or change colors. The update allows web and mobile design to be easily resized and rearranged to display on different devices and screen sizes. 

The flat design was originally developed for responsive design, where a website’s content scales smoothly depending on the devices’s screen size. The first generation of flat design hoped that response designs work well and load fast, especially important for mobile devices since they tends to have slower internet speeds. The downside of the first generation of flat design is that the interfaces were too simple and flat which made many users very confuse of where to click. The second generation of flat design is much more user friendly, not only icons would look more realistic, also the updates made surfing the websites on the phones more pleasing.