So are you ready to try it out as well? Not sure how to get started? WebdesignerDepot is here to help with a guide of flat design resources. We’ve put together a giant list of everything flat design, from free UI kits to color palettes to typography options.
Flat design is a style that lacks the “tricks” designers often use in order to create a realistic or three-dimensional effect. The style is characterized by an overall minimalistic look, bright but muted colors, bold — often retro — typography and simple user interface elements such as buttons or icons.
The design style is hugely popular for simple websites that only include a few pages and for mobile applications. Flat design has also been criticized for its overall simplicity, use of illustrations (that some label as cartoonish) and a user interface style that can be difficult for some users to understand.
Animation is typically avoided in flat design projects and large images are in. In minimal design schemes, designers often give plenty of room to the content, allowing it to tell the story in a simple, direct manner.
Flat design has also brought an emphasis back to minimalist design, even for designers not using flat-style techniques. As part of the overall trend, there has been a re-emphasis on white space; color, sharp shapes and lines; and a return to simple and basic typography.
Kits can save you time – important when following a trend – with a pre-designed package of parts. Most UI kits come in the Adobe Photoshop file format (PSD) and are fully editable if you are comfortable with the software.