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.

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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

Regy Perlera

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Alex Vanderzon

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

uidynamics

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Cosmin Capitanu

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Zane David

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Paul Macgregor

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Cosmin Capitanu

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Josh Tilton

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

David

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Fabio Basile

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Eddie Lobanovskiy

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Jakob Henner

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Alden Haley

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Eric Hoffman

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Chris Masterson

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Zan

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Rob Vloemans

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

Jonas Hermann

Design Trends 2013 - Minimalist and Flat

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.