Fall of the Designer Part III: Conformist Responsive Design(elischiff.com)

8 years ago from Ivan Bozic, Founder @ arsfutura.com

  • Simon GustavssonSimon Gustavsson, 8 years ago

    The thing is that it had a function beyond just style. It (allegedly and IMO probably) increased understanding of a UI: what was tappable and what was not, what was a nav bar and what was not etc.

    That's not something that should be thrown out the window without a very good reason beyond 'I'm tired of this'.

    2 points
    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 8 years ago

      if the visual design is affecting usability, there's something wrong with the execution. there's no aspect of "flat design" that necessitates removing visual affordances of hierarchy and interactivity. many designers take it too far.

      this works both ways as well. overdone skeuomorphic designs often look too interactable, as in the old twitter example here. the entire header looks like a raised button. it confuses the purpose of the header and adds visual noise.

      regardless of aesthetic visual style, you've got to get the fundamentals right or else it's shitty ui design. i wrote about this a couple years ago. http://jim-silverman.com/blog/skeuomorphic-vs-flat/

      1 point