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.