Has Visual Design Fallen Flat?(blog.intercom.io)

almost 6 years ago from Gustavs Cirulis, Principal Product Designer at Intercom

  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, almost 6 years ago

    The funny thing is that Material, despite having a flat aesthetic, free of gradients, patterns, and reflections, is actually bringing back skeuomorphism. The design system encourages shadows and depth, and elements such as the floating action button have a subtle highlight on the top edge. The goal being to create something tangible, but still modern.

    5 points
    • Joseph BarrientosJoseph Barrientos, almost 6 years ago

      most definitely! I love that the focus is no longer on how realistic we can make each image, but now how realistic we can make the experience. So native it feels like you're doing an action in person, not on a screen. I can't wait till everyone adapts this style that way it can progress!

      3 points
    • Emmet ConnollyEmmet Connolly, almost 6 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of Material Design. I worked on the Android Design Team throughout the entire period it was being created, and witnessing it come together was a wonderful experience. It's incredibly well thought out. In some sense, I consider it a near-perfect conclusion to where software design has been going for the past few years.

      But a logical conclusion always makes the more impatient designers out there wonder what might come next. Designers all over the world would do well to internalise and adopt the principles of Material Design, but a tiny slice of the very best designers in the world are already thinking about how to make it obsolete.

      1 point
    • Greg BowenGreg Bowen, almost 6 years ago

      Flat design is really just 'design.' Skeuomorphims is the special case, and originally referred to digital design that tried to emulate actual objects and surfaces, like leather folios or stereo knobs. It is great that the web finally ditched the last vestiges of pre-2000 'codercentric' design leftovers, but does that mean we can now no longer use depth cues?

      Everything is starting to look the same, and this goes for Material Design as well. The whole point of branding is to set yourself apart.

      Although I do appreciate Google's attempt to codify interface design, I take it as a reference point and pull from its dedication to process and consistency.

      0 points