Flat Design of Websites

Flat web design describes a layout technique in the interface design of applications and websites. It deliberately avoids the use of realistic looking textures, drop shadows, and ornaments, as well as three-dimensional elements. Operating systems and apps are typical examples of the possibilities of flat designs. The use of flat design focuses on functionality and simplicity. Furthermore, Flat design provides faster load times and better adaptability for different screen sizes. This makes websites more compact and more flexible at the same time. The most famous example of a flat design is Microsoft’s operating system Windows 8.

Flat Web Design example


Pros and Cons of the Flat Designs

In terms of web pages a flat design offers the advantage that the load times are reduced and the contents can be adapted dynamically. Therefore, users not only benefit from faster loading times and reduced data volume, which in mobile devices is particularly advantageous, but also by an increased compatibility with different devices, operating systems and web browsers. In addition, a flat design prevents that websites are looking like overloaded. This has a positive effect on the transparency. A disadvantage of flat design can, however, can be a weak recognition factor as well as loss of character and variety.