Significance of Flat Design 2.0 in Mobile UI Design

Saurabh Tiwary | 23rd November 2016

Flat design is all about designing without three-dimensional effects and shiny visual elements. In past few years, this design form has evolved a lot being a major part of mobile app UI design services. And now we are introduced with Flat Design 2.0.

Flat design works quite well in design interfaces iOS and Android apps. It helps designers by helping them achieve minimalism, clarity, and cleanness. It has gone beyond the limitations of previous design style such as skeuomorphism that employs shiny buttons and illustrations through real-life 3D objects.

Flat Design 2.0 in Mobile UI Design

The Flat design basically aims to design smooth and polished websites and sees vast applications in mobile app designs. It primarily focuses  on highlighting the content and offers more interactive options. Furthermore, it provides a faster and more functional user experience. It’s comparatively easy to use its simple, consists of box-like elements supported by grid-based layouts that help achieve the responsive design.

What’s New in Flat Design 2.0?

The all new Flat 2.0 aims to provide little detail and still follows the flat techniques. In previous flat applications; shadows, gradients, and layering were the key attributes. The new design technique works in combination with all the other elements of flat design.

Also Read, Material Or Flat Design – What Should You Opt For?

The term Flat Design 2.0 was introduced in the year 2014. It primarily drove the mobile UI design approaches to get rid of Skeuomorphism. Some of the major changes that we see in the new version of flat designs are:

  • Use of Highlights

  • Use of Gradients

  • Multiple Tints and Color Value Options

  • Drop Shadow Options

The major change to notice in the Flat 2.0 is that it doesn’t specifically focus on the mobile UI element or icon. Priority is given to Photos and videos while Flat 2.0 interfaces. However, there is a mix reaction from the design experts on this. Some of them feel that it is the fading out of primary flat aesthetics.

The Flat 2.0 has been a matter of talk seeing the popularity of the Material Design interface by Google. The look seem to be flattened, but features seems to be inspired by Material Design principles with the evolution of elements. Layering acts as a key visual component as well as the use of shadows.

You Can Read More About Material Design here, Proven Strategies And Resources For Material Design

Using Flat 2.0 For Solving Problems

  • Flat 2.0 seems to be a combination of minimalism and skeuomorphism. It may be the highly usable style for designing mobile app UI which is visually pleasing. It is being appreciated by designers and the users as well.
  • Flat design 2.0 makes use of a specific design style to create hierarchy and a flow through the design. Every Color palette is distinct and is used for some purpose. Every element is simple and highly interpretable.
  • In the new Flat Version, designers are gifted with the ability to take the design right to the edge of skeuomorphism if they wish and then revert back with a single click. Flat 2.0 primarily focuses on usability and nothing else.

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