Drop shadows, gradients and textures vs. seams and shadows: what’s your take on flat and material design? Have your say in this week’s Justinmind survey!
This week we’re reaching out to you! We’re asking if you which design trend you prefer: Flat or Material Design.
Flat design is a minimalist UI design approach with a focus on usability. The earliest flat design styles emerged in the 1950s and 1960s with the arrival of the International Typographic Style (also known as Swiss Style). In recent years, we’ve seen flat design crop up in a number of desktop and mobile operating systems, with the most recent pattern being Apple’s iOS design in 2013.
Material design has physical surfaces and edges, using a common set of structural and scalable grids across different screen sizes to help facilitate UI development. It is a design language that was coined by Google in 2014. As of 2015 most of Google’s Android mobile apps have been designed in accordance with the Material design approach, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, and Google Maps.
Many of you interact with both design approaches on a daily basis, in both professional and personal settings. But if you had to choose just one – for mobile, desktop and app design – would you choose flat or material design?