Flat design is a popular design style that is defined by the absence of glossy or three-dimensional visual effects in the graphical elements of a web page. Many designers consider it to be an offshoot of minimalist web design.
Three-Dimensional Effects, Skeuomorphism, and Realism
To define flat design, we must define what flat design isn’t. Flat design is commonly interpreted as a reactionary movement against 3D, skeuomorphic, and realistic design styles . A fully flat interface doesn’t use any of these styles .
Three-dimensional effects give an illusion of depth to an interface, which can help users interpret visual hierarchy and understand which elements are interactive.
- Elements that...