Stop following mindless trends. Think for yourselves.
10 months ago
Yeah lets keep using watercolors.
@Ariel Verber The circlejerk that Dribbble has turned into is unbearable.
Sooo.... If we talking about ignoring trends, why all your design is flat?
@Ainar it's hard not to be influenced by the trends. I'm quite involved with other designers, and obviously seeing what they do and don't do will influence my choices. Having said that, I think I design appropriately for each project. This: http://cl.ly/OyNv isn't flat at all, while this: http://cl.ly/MyQy is. There's a good reason for that: Holo is flat and to keep your app useable you have to stick to the platform guidelines. I don't like iOS 7's design but does that mean I'm going to keep designing like I did for iOS 6? Of course not.
This: http://www.vock.me/ilocalis/ isn't flat because it's a layered UI, and as such it has to be clear to the user where they are at a glance, something that would be much harder to do if the UI was flat. (At least it should be, I think something broke prefixfree.js – check my shot to see how it should look)
I'm not against flat design or even "long shadow" design at all. I think everything has a place, and it's up to the designer to make the best choices for the user and not for the other designers who might be viewing the project.
Dribbble should have a "repost" button, so I could click it for this shot. Thank you.
Could not agree more.
I see nothing that makes this trend mindless. It can certainly be annoying to see so many long shadow designs that look so similar, but people are just trying out new concepts for themselves and how they could be used. Aesthetic styles aren't everything, and it can be good to practice with many different "trends" so they come naturally to you and you can focus on layout or UX of what you're building.
Seeing this right next to my latest shot made me laugh pretty good! Even still, I'm proud of my work. :)
@Alex I agree; see my earlier comment. Everything has a place, but increasingly I feel like people on here and elsewhere are designing for designers. You shouldn't design for designers, you should design for your users.
@Ido Vock It doesn't matter at all... The words flat design existed long before apple was even created. The only people who critise are the people who don't matter.
@Sam, I´m not sure about other countries, but we used to call it "minimalism", not flat design. Does that term come from Mr. Abbotts novel "Flatland"?! :)
Anyway, there´s imho only one way to "judge" design: whether it is good (works) or not. That being said we can all complain about trends, in the end it´s all about the project and what it demands for... I guess what @Ido means is that, once there was a certain style on the popular page, you can find a lot off senseless rebounds just trying to do the same thing, adapting a style without any context. So of course, we can try something out, but I´d like to see more of the personal style of a designer than just trying to copy something. The long shadows for instance are great to work with negative space, etc... :)
@Sam Mearns no they didn't. Computer displays didn't exist before Apple, much less gradients.
@Axel Herrmann That's exactly what I meant, thank you for putting it much more eloquently than I. What I dislike are people who follow trends for the sole reason of following trends. They don't think for themselves, instead saying "he/she is doing it, therefore I should do so too".
@Ido Vock I'm talking about apples design decisions... Minimalism, swiss style all were here long before apple's interfaces. Don't get me wrong... Trend setting is not design and it never will be.
@Sam Mearns of course, but back then it was just design, not flat design.
I just saw this and I think I love you. Is that weird?
8 months ago
@Justin Edmund No. Well, maybe. I suppose I'd use Pinterest more if I was gay though, so maybe there's that?
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