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The popularity of flat design can mostly be attributed to web design and the mobile interface. Large, square blocks of color intermixed with custom quality photography and simple icons is driven by the demand for responsive websites. Complex, detailed designs don’t render well on mobile devices. It just goes to show that the web is a powerful force in the design world so it is no mystery how flat design has spread into other mediums.

This movement will continue to evolve as technology allows existing web functionality, like parallax scrolling, to offer more possibilities for responsive designs. Unchained to technology, flat design will increasingly be used in print as well. There’s no telling how far, nor deep it’s influence will take us in 2016 and beyond.

What To Expect

  • Simple shapes to create a larger whole.
  • Depth of field will be broken down into layers and stacked upon each other rather than a smooth rounded progression of realism design.
  • Shadows treated as solid blocks of a darker color with a sharp edge without a fade out.
  • Extreme color variation. The vibrancy of hues may vary from one design to the next but there will be an abundance of different colors.