I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

The Flat Design Era — LayerVault Blog ›

As a design­er I’ve found myself often puz­zled and con­fused at some of the deci­sions being made late­ly in the UI’s I use. I have a very sleek glass and alu­mini­um iPhone in my pock­et and yet a lot of the apps on it look like a note pad I used to find on my Dad’s desk as a school kid. It does­n’t make sense to me that a prod­uct that is so refined on the out­side is full of bloat­ed metaphors on the inside. Maybe that’s why this state­ment is so refreshing:

For many of us, it seems self-evi­dent that you should approach prod­uct build­ing with a cer­tain kind of dis­ci­pline. You cut your prod­uct fea­tures down to the bone, but you nev­er approach your inter­face design the same way. Why cre­ate a small gem of a prod­uct and then weigh it down with design flour­ish­es? The way you design your site should reflect your val­ues — be con­sis­tent. Flat design is lean design.