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The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Knowing where a style or technique came from and its history can help you make more educated decisions when it comes to using the design aesthetic.
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A history of flat design - so when did design move from realism / skeuomorphism toward a cleaner aesthetic? (Thanks Angel Li!)

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When Flat Design Falls Flat

When Flat Design Falls Flat | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Flat design is the most popular trend in UI design right now.Superficially, flat design is simple:Don’t use gradients, shadows and texturesUse simple shapes, bold colors and clear typographyI believe that a few prominent flat designs sacrifice usability and best practices such as
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If you only read one article - choose this one. Flat design comes down to 1) No gradients, shadows, or textures, and 2) big bold colors and typography. That's it!

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The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Knowing where a style or technique came from and its history can help you make more educated decisions when it comes to using the design aesthetic.
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A history of flat design - so when did design move from realism / skeuomorphism toward a cleaner aesthetic? (Thanks Angel Li!)

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Four Days In Paris and 14 Other Flat Design Examples Inspire

Four Days In Paris and 14 Other Flat Design Examples Inspire | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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To meet modern design demands, flat design must be mobile-functional, clean, and user friendly. Some examples here.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 22, 6:01 PM

Flat design is amazing. Looks good on mobile, is clean and easy to understand and hard to create. Here are 23 great examples.

cees de roij's curator insight, April 7, 9:31 AM

On this website you can learn a lot and that is very good.

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Flat Design vs Minimalism

Flat Design vs Minimalism | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Flat design vs minimalism, what's the difference? And why should designers care? Read on to find out.
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This site warns not to confuse Flat v Minimalistic sites. While realism conveys a mental image of lushly packed content, flat design does not necessary do the opposite.

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50 Fantastic Flat Web Designs from 2014

50 Fantastic Flat Web Designs from 2014 | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
After a lot of filtering, we have managed to choose 50 sites, from 2014, that we feel have truly captured the flat web design trend.
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More Flat Web Designs for inspiration. Note the variety of layouts and vast creativity in constructing these attractive yet highly functional sites.

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38 Modern Flat Logo Designs Inspiration

38 Modern Flat Logo Designs Inspiration | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Here are some examples of flat logo designs – each of these have been created by some truly talented designers, and is the result of hard work, patience and
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How about some flat design logo inspiration?

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A Look at Flat Design and Why It's Significant | UX Magazine

A Look at Flat Design and Why It's Significant | UX Magazine | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

Flat design has all the key attributes that make a site as functional as it is beautiful. It recognizes that a sense of familiarity is important to the user experience, but it creates this sense in a way that fits with the medium. At the same time, it's able to adapt to new discoveries, trends, and ideas. Flat design brings us a step closer to a new paradigm of digital design, where the functionality and aesthetic are in complete harmony.

 


Via Mario K. Sakata
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Advocating for flat design, UXMag describes how flat design brings aesthetic closer to its intended functionality (as opposed to realism). Interesting read.

 

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Best Free Flat Social Icon Sets for Web Designing

Best Free Flat Social Icon Sets for Web Designing | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

FWhatever your take on flat web design, there is no detracting from its prominence in website design in the past year.


Via Thomas Faltin
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For us designers, a handy library of "flat" icons.

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Strategic SEO & Website Design - How Website Structure & Information Architecture Will Rocket You To Your Business Goals

Strategic SEO & Website Design - How Website Structure & Information Architecture Will Rocket You To Your Business Goals | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Every serious business website must be built around relevant, business-critical keywords and phrases, and done in a strategic manner.

Via Rosa Martins
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Applicable IA: How it must play a quintessential role in developing a strategic website.

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(150) What is the difference between information architecture and user experience design? - Quora

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UXD v IA: "Just like how a square is a rectangle but a rectangle isn't a square; UXD encompasses IA, but IA doesn't encompass all of UXD."

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Information Design Watch | Dynamic Diagrams' take on the world of visual explanation, information architecture, design, and technology

Information Design Watch | Dynamic Diagrams' take on the world of visual explanation, information architecture, design, and technology | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
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Culled articles on IA. This site is a handy primer that covers a vast variety of IA topics (design, big data, and so on)

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Building an Information Architecture Checklist

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The Journal of Information Architecture is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.

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When do you need Information Architecture? Here's a handy chart outlining the several stages.

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Information Architecture: Enhancing the User Experience

Information Architecture: Enhancing the User Experience | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

BDefined as ‘the structural design of shared information environments’, information architecture focuses on bringing the principles of architectural design t

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How does IA play into the user experience? Usually, when visitors realize that something has gone wrong..

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Pros & Cons of Flat Design

Pros & Cons of Flat Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
One of the more popular web design trends is flat design. Flat design is a minimalist approach that emphasizes open space, bright colors, and a two-dimensional layout. Because of its simple nature, the user will focus solely on content and typography rather than imagery and videos. Flat design is often used in mobile apps and responsive design, where the minimalist approach helps make navigation simpler. Designers have different opinions on flat design and whether or not it is a worthwhile trend. Here are the pros and cons of using flat design for your website.
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Why choose flat design as opposed to realism?

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The World Cup Gets a Flat Design Makeover

The World Cup Gets a Flat Design Makeover | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Most people watching the World Cup 2014 competition in Brazil have their eye on the ball. But a pair of designers–Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier of Tribal Worldwide in London–cast a... Keep reading →

Via Thomas Faltin
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With the hype around the World Cup, what more appropriate than to "redo" the game with a trend-friendly Flat Design makeover?

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Flat Pixels: The Battle Between Flat Design And Skeuomorphism

Flat Pixels: The Battle Between Flat Design And Skeuomorphism | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
An essay about recent design trends.
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Classic article on flat v. skeuromorphic (aka realistic) design.

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20 Flat Mobile UI Designs For Your Inspiration

20 Flat Mobile UI Designs For Your Inspiration | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Propelled by Windows 8 and iOS 7, flat design has been one of the most popular design trends to define 2013. Emphasizing functionality over style, flat design focuses on typography and colors instead of visual effects like 3D elements and drop shadows. It is also one of the most polarizing ... Continue reading »
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And how does Flat Design play into mobile? Responsive design (see a prior issue of RDV Weekly) is another major trend. Responsive + Flat = This

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Flat vs. Skeuomorphism Design: Which to Choose? - Business 2 Community

Flat vs. Skeuomorphism Design: Which to Choose? - Business 2 Community | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
In the past year, vibrant colors, improved stock images, diverse typography and the desire for simplified,...
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Skeuomorphism / Realism, contrary to popular design belief, is not dead. Read the pros and cons here. Should you "go flat" simply because it seems as if everyone else is doing so?

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Buffalo - Web Development, E-Commerce & Web Design - Brighton UK

Buffalo - Web Development, E-Commerce & Web Design - Brighton UK | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

Buffalo is a small web design & development agency based in Brighton, UK. We've made a reputation for building websites that look great and are easy-to-use.

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Check out this portfolio for an example of flat design done perfectly right.

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Amazing Flat Web Design Examples for Inspiration

Amazing Flat Web Design Examples for Inspiration | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Flat web design has become a growing trend among web designers.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Beautiful examples of flat design from around the web. A particularly interesting design is highlighted in the preview pane, above.

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DSIA Portal of Information Architecture

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Information Architecture Schools of Thought – Beta


Via Mario K. Sakata
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Beautiful infographic detailing the several "schools" of IA thought (in other words, potential strategies to flesh your own custom IA)

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Information architecture (intro)

Introduction to some core IA concepts - information behaviours, classification schemes, designing and testing IA, labelling.

Via Rosa Martins
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Brief guide to some IA terms such as behaviors, schemes, testing, and labeling. Also utilizes helpful case studies and examples.

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Is Your Site Confusing? Three Quick Information Architecture Audits | Search Discovery

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Fantastic 3-step quick to "auditing" your site for IA:

1) "Don't make me think"

2) "Walk a mile in their shoes"

3) "Highlight the good stuff"

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Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources

Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Information architecture can be a daunting subject for designers who've never tried it before.

Via Visualoop
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A visual sub-guide to IA if you're interested in seeing more extensive resources.

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Complete Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture - UX Booth | UX Booth

Complete Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture - UX Booth | UX Booth | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
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An incredibly comprehensive and full guide to Information Architecture. What is IA, what are some tools, and how does it play into usability?

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