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Flat Design or Quasi Materialized Design?

 

There are two kinds of web design strategies in UI and web design now: Flat Design or Quasi Materialized Design. Which is better?

At first, we should learn some basic things about them both.

 

 

 What is Quasi Materialized Design?

 

Quasi Material Design is a kind of design strategy pursuing the shapes and textures of real objects by adding highlights, shadows, veins and other effect.

 

For example:

'Curl up the Map Page'


 

 

Apple UI:

 

 

 

 What is Flat Design?

 

Flat Design is a kind of design strategy abandoning the effects (especially the Perspective Effect) that Quasi Materialized Design pursues and express the design elements in a simple and symbolic way.

 

For example:

Metro Style:

 

 

 

 

 Which is Better, Flat Design or Quasi Materialized Design?

 

 

 Advantages and Disadvantages of Quasi Materialized Design

 

Pro: 

 Low cost in perceptual learning. Most people can get understanding in how to use it in a short time.

 Visual texture and interaction effect of buttons can unify users cognition intuitively and get it into a habit.

 Humanized user experience. Many people may like to read books by ibooks, its really an enjoyment.

 

 

Con:

Quasi Materialized Design itself has many design constraints, which will restrict the functional design.

 

 

 Advantages and Disadvantages of Flat Design

 

Pro:

 Simple but not crude. Simple layout with excellent color schemes can give the user a new look.

 Simple design can focus the users contents itself rather than distracting them by a lot of visual effects (Gradient, shadows, highlights, etc.) and make it easy to use.

 Much lower design cost than Quasi Materialized Design. An excellent Flat Design just need a good site framework and layout, reasonable color schemes and high consistency. You dont need to consider something like shadows, highlights, Gradient and so on.

 

Con:

Need more cost in studying. Flat Design demands designers a high level in color selection and elements layout.

 

 

Summary:

 

In the age when digital devices are not well acquainted by people, Quasi Materialized Design is better. Especially for children and old man, Quasi Materialized Design is intuitive and interesting. But as the rapid development of digital devices, it can hardly keep its position because of aesthetic fatigue and high cost. Most of time, Quasi Materialized Design will become just a decoration part for entire project.

The history of aesthetics is an abstract process, just like Picassos painting:

 

 

 

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