Designer Katherine Barrow wrote a great piece discussing the usability of flat design. In it, she points out that although flat design can look beautiful, it can also be confusing in that calls to action like buttons and text fields don't look actionable. They blend in with the rest of the design, and it isn't apparent right away that something is clickable. "In the digital world, conveying affordance is critical, since the physical cues that are present in the real world are missing." I completely agree. I love the look of flat design (obvs) and love that it helps performance-wise, but it doesn't work in all circumstances or for all sites or apps. Not all users keep up with the latest design trends (I'd be willing to bet that most don't) and they really only care if they can accomplish something on a website or app. If they're going for news or information, they shouldn't have to fight for it....READ MORE >
My name is Kim Daniels and I live in Dallas, Texas. I love designing and building for the web, and am passionate about creating spaces that are visually beautiful, usable and intuitive without being overly simplistic.
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