Above: Flat icon design for for iphone iOS 7.
I think most designers interpret ”flat design” as devoid of gradient/depth/texture and colour, basically everything that brings life to a design. I couldn’t disagree more. The above design contains all the “apparent” no-no’s of flat design.
I believe that flat design offers a unique challenge as it requires even more attention to detail than standard (depth/3D) design. As a designer you need to maintain the essence of art while still keeping the integrity of clean, minimal design intact. There is a fine line between flat beautiful art and lifeless, cheap looking design.
To me the new look iOS 7 is disappointingly below average.
Above: XBOX Marketplace Concept – Metro Style UI Design for Apple iphone/iOS
Above: XBOX Marketplace Concept – Metro Style UI Design for Nokia Lumia 520. I spent some time creating the skeuomorphic Nokia Lumia 520 vectors (both black and white) as I felt it was the most suitable device to display the UI’s on due to its streamlined simplistic architecture. I might release the vectors for download at some point this year, or early next year.
Above: Unofficial XBOX Marketplace concept – Metro Style UI Design for both Windows 8 Phone and iphone/iOS
NB: Not actual prices, price tags are merely placeholders for proof of concept. Not available on app store.
Above: Skeuomorphic concept design for an FM Radio app for iphone iOS. This design was influenced by NAD and ONKYO hifi systems seen HERE and below.