Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 22:59 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "In this article I'm going to talk about what flat design is, review what other designers are saying about it, and offer some tips on how to achieve it in your own designs." I give you one attempt to guess which 'design aesthetic' the next version of OSNews is inspired by. And yes, we will eventually get it done.
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Hard to Take Seriously
by boxy on Tue 18th Dec 2012 03:12 UTC
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It's really hard to take the article's content seriously when the design of is so bad. Here are the problems:

* Three jarring banner ads before the article content
* The entire right margin is devoted to ads
* There's some sort of social widget that pops up in the bottom-left-hand corner and then disappears after it loads - never to be seen again.

I'm not opposed to sites having ads, but designers especially should understand how jarring misplaced ads can be. Case in point: the banner ad at the top is actually well-placed and doesn't distract from the content at all.

I think I could forgive the other 2 banners if it weren't for the right-hand margin being littered with useless crap. It's so distracting that when I got to the first image in the "What Is Flat Design?" section, I thought the picture was another ad. That's not good.

The icing on the cake has to be that the site doesn't reflow text and resize images correctly on my phone (Firefox 17, Android 4.0.4).

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