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Skeuomorphism Will Never Go Away, And That’s a Good Thing

Just a year and a half ago, we noted the demise of skeuomorphism in Apple interface design. Today, Co.Design's John Brownlee points out that "the most-hated design trend" is back with Apple Watch's clock-like interface. But skeuomorphism never really went away. In fact, we should all hope it never does. Read More >>

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What Material Design Means for the Future of Android

Today at Google I/O, we were introduced to a new design language called Material Design. It's Google's first design manifesto, and within it lies a message about how the company sees its users interacting with everything from watches to cars. Here's how to decode it. Read More >>

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Here’s How all 50 US State Flags Would Look as App Icons

Flat design is everywhere these days, almost to the point of parody. Now, even US state flags have been given a flat makeover, courtesy of a creative agency based in Washington D.C. The result is a set of pretty flags that basically look like the state flags turned into app icons. Read More >>

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The Future of Apple Design is Hidden Inside OS X Yosemite

Today at WWDC, Apple gave OS X a design overhaul that's just as huge as its namesake. Yosemite is bright, sharp, and flat as hell. But while OS X now looks more like iOS, iOS and OS X are also more alike than ever. Apple is finally—finally—establishing a consistent design language across its platforms. Read More >>

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How Different Your Favourite Apps Look in iOS 7

All that chatter about the death of skeuomorphism, the rise of flat design, and what that means for the next major incarnation of Apple's mobile OS have all been leading up to today. And truth be told, it's beautiful. But that's on Apple's end, the real question is how well app developers are going to adapt to this new ecosystem. Read More >>

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How a Renaissance Artist Imagined iOS Almost 500 Years Ago

Apple's iOS may be undergoing the biggest change since its inception, but that doesn't mean the spirit of the operating system hasn't been floating around designer's heads for hundreds of years. In 1525, before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, German polymath Albrecht Dürer was espousing similar design principles using the same, now-infamous letters: I, O, and S. Read More >>

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Designers, Shadows Are Totally Fine in a Flat UI

This time, just a year ago, very few people knew the terms “skeuomorphism” and “flat design." We complained about the kind of leathery design of some apps on iOS and OS X, but in general, the UI of Apple’s mobile operating system was just fine. Then, in just a few weeks, everything changed—and suddenly flat design was the new style everybody was talking about. Read More >>

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Beyond Flat: Six iOS 7 Fixes Apple Needs to Make

Black, white, and flat all over. Those are the much-ballyhooed words of an anonymous source quoted by every tech blog on the Internet last week, describing the future of iOS. And indeed, if early glimpses are any indication, some flatness may be in our future. But there's a more important question out there that has yet to be answered: How will iOS 7 function? Read More >>

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Let’s Hope Apple’s iOS 7 Music App Is Half as Clever as This Concept

If there's anything the internet has waxed poetic about wanting—nay—needing to see on the upcoming iOS 7 release, it's a general flat design overhaul. But while that's a completely valid demand, we've yet to hear too much about how Apple might address specific features in need of major functionality tuneups—until now, that is. Read More >>

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Almost Flat: The Future of iOS Design?

'Completely flat', 'like Android', 'Microsoft-flat' etc., etc., etc. The talk about how Apple are going to 'flatten out' its UI style has set the rumour-mills ablaze with completely spurious conjecture. So I thought I'd add to it. However, let's approach this not from 'what one insider source told someone' but instead from evidence of progression within some of the top iOS apps. Read More >>