Design Trends 2013 - Flat and Minimal
One of the new trends in terms of digital design, especially interface design, is the return of simple, flat and typographical design. We can say that Microsoft might have started that back in 2007 when they launched the Zune with its beautiful typographic based interface. Despite the failure of the product, that UI was improved and applied to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 interface design. The iOS on the other hand was always heavily based on photorealistic textures and depth by using gradients, glossy style effects and shadows, however we started to see more and more apps for all platforms adopting a more minimalistic approach.
There are lots of reasons to adopt a flat design, one of the most important is scalability. When designing for multiple devices it's important to consider ways to optimize the design. For instance, when using solid colors and less image based UI the number of assets necessary to create an app or a website is much lower and therefore the footprint of the app/website much smaller.
In this post we want to feature some beautiful designs that illustrate this trend. The images are from Dribbble and make sure check out the thumbnail to visit the authors page for more information