re: iOS 7 Undergoing Ive-Led Transformation
I have several concerns with flat UI and app design. The first is that these designers seem to be listening to the tech press. That's never a good idea. These writers are, after all, computer nerds. They seem to think that just because something is working on a computer screen, it must be computer-like. Computer-like to them, meaning flat, little color, and quite frankly, boring.
But the vast proportion of the people in the world are not computer nerds. They don't necessarily agree. I know, that even though I am, to a certain extent, a computer nerd, that I don't agree.
We find comfort in things that have stood the test of time. Our homes are Colonial, Tudor, etc. our furniture is mostly not excessively modern. Even most of our clothing styles have been around for some time.
The other problem with true flat design is that there is no longer anywhere to go with it. With current designs, colors and textures, along with shapes are how elements are defined. Once that is eliminated, there are very few tools to differentiate usage in a design.
This leads to the awkward situation where the only place to go is away from flat design, back to where we were before. Though, of course, not exactly the same as before.
I imagine we'll go through cycles of flat and then more 3D and textures, then back to flat, etc.