Giving Kudos to Brilliant Content

Since the release of Windows 8 at the beginning of this year, the so-called ‘flat design’ discussion has sprouted up all over the web. A lot of people call it a ‘new trend’ and while as a trend itself it can be considered a new thing, as a design concept it’s been around for years.

Up until now, we have seen a lot of textures, drop shadows and other effects in our user interfaces, mainly thanks to Apple, that give the impression that icons and interfaces are like the real thing – if a mail app looks like a letter you see in the post, it will be easily recognised.

After Microsoft’s recent woes with Windows 8, we are now faced with the debate: is flat design better than skeuomorphism?

Well, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Image by Peter Trimming

Responsive design is the practice of building websites that will automatically adapt their display for whatever device they’re being viewed on. It remains a highly controversial and fiercely debated subject among web design’s chattering classes, with many considering device-specific web design to be the superior option. Joe Heywood weighs up both sides of the argument.

The site went live on September 22nd, 2011 and has seen millions of visitors from over 200 countries since then. It is successfully spreading word about the dire situation that is human slavery. How? By using a fully interactive site that gets people involved right away and makes them feel responsible and as though they can change things on an individual level.