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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The more things change...
by r_a_trip on Tue 18th Dec 2012 11:07 UTC
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First off, I'm not here to claim that one set of design principles is better than another. Well executed Baroque can be as pretty as well executed Bauhaus and vice versa.

what I do taste in this article, however, is mindlessly espousing the virtues of the latest web design fad, as if it is the only defendable way for the future. Which is poppycock. Design trends have come and gone and they will continue to come and go. Some have been "prettier" and more "usable" then others, but one thing is clear, they all went from new and fresh, to established, to old and tired. This "flat" thing will be no exception.

Can we tone down the emotions on this new trend a bit? It is just a look, not a technological breakthrough. No need to "coerce" people into the "flat" camp.

It isn't pretty when people are a priori divided into the groups of desirable believers (people of believed importance):

Some target audiences will gravitate toward different aesthetic styles. Architects, designers, and fashion conscience audiences might embrace flat design,...

and the others into the pariah class (people who can be and are simply ignored as inconsequential):

while children, clowns, and some others might enjoy playful textures and colors.

The trend has started and two years from now the web will be "flat". My prediction: In four years "flat" will be old and tired and the first to make it "3D" after that will be trendy and innovative.

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RE: The more things change...
by kwan_e on Tue 18th Dec 2012 12:06 in reply to "The more things change..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

The trend has started and two years from now the web will be "flat". My prediction: In four years "flat" will be old and tired and the first to make it "3D" after that will be trendy and innovative.


It's the basic principle of humans-get-bored-of-things-very-easily.

For some reason, after Winamp, no one has bothered trying to write anything designed to be skinnable.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Still use Winamp 2.81 ... got the .exe backed up in the cloud.

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RE[2]: The more things change...
by zima on Tue 18th Dec 2012 20:05 in reply to "RE: The more things change..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's the basic principle of humans-get-bored-of-things-very-easily.
For some reason, after Winamp, no one has bothered trying to write anything designed to be skinnable.

Hm, but they did bother - remember WindowBlinds from Stardock? Also audio players, Sonique or Kjofol, both much more skinnable than Winamp; the entire shape & form of the UI could be changed in them...

...but, I guess, by then humans-got-bored (or maybe it meant that ugly skins are too easy to make?)

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