Lately the argument between going flat or not, Skeuomorphic or not is becoming unbelievable and I'm tired of it so I just want to say it's just called DESIGN.
Choose whatever suits your project and your style. It's not a must to follow a specific trend or not to follow it.
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Edit* The inner shadow in ON ended here by mistake so just ignore it and blame Photoshop for now.
10 months ago
The inner shadow in 'ON' doesn't feel like it belongs there, just saying.
OT: I personally think 'flat UI' is gaining a lot of attention because it's something fresh and new. We've had many design trends based on aqua/shiny effects in the past, which some people grew tired of - just look at all the criticism Apple had with it's somewhat outdated skeuomorphic designs.
I think Flat UI doesn't feel like any of those "past" trends, nonetheless I do like subtle gradients and shadows here and there. And I'm always in to try something new. :)
@Falko Joseph Absolutely it doesn't belong there, Damn photoshop didn't notice it's been copied there.
I agree with you that we've had so many trends in the past. But for me Flat UI is not that new, There are so many designers who has been doing flat UI from long time ago.
What I want to explain it's in the end called Design so it's not wrong to go flat or wrong to go skeuomorphic. At least for me.
To build on that...
There's something to be said for using skeuomorphism purposefully. The toggles on the right, for example, are leveraging a physical metaphor that people are familiar with, something that can be very beneficial. They don't take up any more space than the flat ones, they're just a different style.
What bugs me (and I think a lot of other people) is when skeuomorphism is purely ornamental or used arbitrarily. Whatever treatment you decide to give your UI elements, it should be a conscious design decision!
I'd venture to change the toggle interior color (subtly) to show on and off on the right shot.
@Mark Bauer Totally agree with you.
@Mark Bauer How about the Aesthetic Usability Effect wherein it has been shown that, all else being equal, users find pretty interfaces are easier and more pleasant to use than plain ones?
Given that this is the case, though this doesn't necessitate using skueomorphic over flat UI, if most users find the most visually pleasing UI to be skeuomorphic, then defaulting to that would make perfect sense, would it not?
I see 2012 and 2013 here. Move forward :)
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