This is one of the best design-process articles I've read!
We said goodbye to our strong shadows, highlights and noise effects on top of our gradients.
Why did you unquestioningly yield to the trend instead of sticking by the design decisions you originally deemed best?
You urge, "Stay the course," yet you did the opposite in this case.
He mentioned it was removed to put the style of the content first.
How does the removal of shadows, highlights, and noise effects achieve that goal?
(This is not a rhetorical question; I genuinely seek an explanation.)
To amend my question above, shadows, highlights, and noise effects do not exist solely as metaphorical lipstick. They play functionally and aesthetically important roles. Does this design team reverse all their decisions whenever a new ideology takes hold?
Is anyone else bothered by the increased height of the tabs?