Flat UI Design...Anyone else catch this article?

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Flat UI Design...Anyone else catch this article?

Postby bogs » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:57 am

Was wondering if anyone else had caught this article about flat vs. older user interfaces ? I found it pretty interesting, since I tend to prefer older interfaces myself, which were less mono-chromatic in appearance imho.
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Re: Flat UI Design...Anyone else catch this article?

Postby FourthWorld » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:24 pm

Good find. I had a discussion with a team member on this some 20 years ago when he proposed removing all graphic treatments that distinguish clickable from non-clickable elements. It was everything I could do to bite my tongue and not call the proposal insane, but thankfully user testing took care of that for me.

Related story of fashion over usability:

Internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter, thinner fonts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016 ... rds-light/
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Re: Flat UI Design...Anyone else catch this article?

Postby bogs » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:56 pm

Oddly enough (or perhaps not) I've seen examples of both of those that made it through user testing. Ting's website comes to mind, ghastly, isn't it? When you go to sign in, you actually can not see the box to click in to put your information. It usually takes me a while to poke around till I do locate it :(

I did find other references that seem to agree with it being a worse way to go from farther back than you would think, namely Affordances and Metaphors by Joel, and Scott Rossi's Fight Flat with Fancy (buttons for LiveCode) articles, both of which I found insightful despite the dates they were written.
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