if not now, then when

The pit.

The pit.

No filter in west Texas.

No filter in west Texas.

FLAT DESIGN: MORE THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF WEB DESIGN

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the use of cards in design and my struggle with wrapping my head around where design is headed.  The idea of simplifying design to the point of almost creating something that is non-designed is shocking to me.

But this article by Austin Carr on Fast Company is starting to make things clearer for me.  He talks about how Apple’s latest iOS release “replacing real-world visual metaphors with interaction metaphors which work to sync the digital and physical worlds”.

What really blows my mind is the idea that the next form of skeuomorphism is the mimicking of real life physics.

It’s a great article and I highly recommend checking it out.

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Are cards really the future of the web?

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With all the talk recently of responsive design and designing for mobile, there has been a lot of focus on the use of blocks or cards to display data. Initially this focus was only on mobile, but it’s moved to propagate design on all platforms (tablets, desktops).

To be honest, I’ve had my doubts from the start. Does using the good old rectangle as the main component in website design really make sense? Isn’t that taking a step back from the beautiful, immersive designs we’ve enjoyed the last few years?

Well, I’m starting to change my tune. Partially from seeing cards work really well, and beautifully, to display data and photography. And partially because of great articles, like the one below from Intercom.

Why Cards Are the Future of the Web

Would love to hear your thoughts on where website design is headed.

My new friend at work.  (at POP)

My new friend at work. (at POP)

Yummy dinner and good fortune @PFChangs  (at P.F. Chang’s)

Yummy dinner and good fortune @PFChangs (at P.F. Chang’s)

Billy Collins signing my book. He is amazing! (at Town Hall Seattle)

Billy Collins signing my book. He is amazing! (at Town Hall Seattle)

at POP

at POP

Nice walk.  (at North Bench At Golden Gardens)

Nice walk. (at North Bench At Golden Gardens)