Simple argument is whether it's appropriate. Fine if the aesthetic tone benefits from a minimalist modern design but obviously out of place if it doesn't (plague of being on trend). The magic "new path" doesn't exist as it's about relevance and often that relevance is about trend.
We don't all work on apps and new startups that are technology focused. Many of us work on campaign sites and related marketing material that is consumer facing for established brands; a cleaning product would not benefit from current (flat) design trends as it's irrelevant.
The flat vs skeumorphic argument is getting a bit tedious and if you can't see the benefit of either application then you're a very blinkered designer.
Very true Dean. Any design should be focused around its context first and not the most fashionable style of the time (Admittedly a hyperbolic title)
Absolutely and it's something that is missing from many of these arguments. I have enjoyed the articles from Eli Schiff, not because he's right but because he has an opinion. But the opinions are often blanket and his arguments only tend cover the aesthetics of apps, OS's and technology focused sites (or "products").
The trend of flat design has taught the uninitiated to consider typography, grids and negative space. This is good, because the Internet is a much nicer place now than it was five years ago.
Cannot read that headline.
Yes, not great in hindsight...
Copywriting is part of design.
I feel like people are mistaking good Modernist design for utilitarian objects versus design for content-based objects.
Modernist industrial design (as an example of a design field that's mostly utilitarian) pushed forward on the idea that "form should follow function." Usability is good, less is more, etc.
Modernist graphic design, (as an example of a field that's mostly content-based) while following the ideas of using less to do more, also made sure that whatever form they did give to their designs, made sure to honour the content it was suppose to.
While the first option is great when one is designing a utilitarian app, for example the iOS Settings app. It doesn't work great when it comes to designing content based apps. The iOS music app for instance uses a harsh hot pinkish red which is grossly inappropriate if one had a music collection of Classical music for instance. Ideally, a music app should adapt itself to a large or small music library and the type of music it contains. The iOS music app is an example of minimalism not honouring content.
It's fine if you want to do minimalism, though you have to do so thoughtfully and make sure that it works well with the function or content you need to present. The second part of "less is more" is that "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler," by Albert Einstein.
Also, why does it seem like every UI designer always mentions the Bauhaus? I get that they're great, but there was also the Dutch De Stijl, the Russian Constructivist, and the Italian Futurists all whom all influenced each other, together with the Bauhaus.
I liked the article, but I'm tired Andrew. So tired.
Great read. Thanks.