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Flat Design Tutorials, Resources, Variations

Flat Design got the VIP treatment this 2013 in  UI and UX designs. It enabled websites and apps to load faster across various multimedia platforms. It emerged as the next design path from what is called skeuomorphic design. This coincided with the resurging minimalist response to visual excess. As if design breathed a sigh of relief to be unburdened of  3D images and gradient-heavy effects. Flat design graphics thus tend more toward icon representations than hyper-real images.

But what’s all the fuss about flat design? Isn’t this where all web design came from? Flat design may be a recurrent design response, but with its own unique features, such as updated typography, simplified visual elements, a recommended palette of solid colors. No gradients.

As with any trend, designers are always innovating, before everything starts to look the same. Variations have popped up, most prominently, in flat design with long shadow effect. 3D appearance is suggested by polygons of solid color instead of progressive gradient blends.

The tutorials below take you through the process of implementing flat design. The trend may look new, but are based on classic design principles and goals of balance, clarity and harmony. You’ll find constant challenge in how to keep flat design fresh, attractive and interesting.

FLAT DESIGN Tutorials:

How to Nail the Coveted Flat Design Look, by Tom Ross

How to Nail the Coveted Flat Design Look, by Tom Ross

How to Nail the Coveted Flat Design Look, by Tom Ross

How to Create a Website in Flat Design Style, by designmodo

Create Super Trendy Flat UI Web Design In Less Than 1 Hour, by 1stwebdesigner

Flat Design Tutorial, by Zach Swinehart

Create a Set of “Almost Flat” Modern Icons in Adobe Illustrator, by Chris Carey

Create a Set of “Almost Flat” Modern Icons in Adobe Illustrator, by Chris Carey

Flat Web Design with Photoshop CS6, Speed Art by PixelArtsy

“Definitive tutorial to flat style design!” by Ondrej Lechan (A humorous take on the trend)

Definitive tutorial to flat style design! by Ondrej Lechan

FLAT DESIGN as seen in User Interfaces (UI), User Experience (UX), Illustrations, Print Collateral, etc.

Flat-Style People Avatars, by Stella Caraman

Flat-Style People Avatars, by Stella Caraman

Badges in Flat Design, by Leonardo Zem

Badges in Flat Design, by Leonardo Zem

Badges in Flat Design, by Leonardo Zem

New York Illustrations,in Flat Design Style, by Remko Heemskerk

New York Illustrations, by Remko Heemskerk

New York Illustrations, by Remko Heemskerk

Zinc – WordPress Theme, in Flat Design, by Art Ramadani

Zinc-Wordpress Theme, by Art Ramadani

Zinc-Wordpress Theme, by Art Ramadani

Instaflat – Instagram Icon – by Expressive Media

Instaflat - Instagram Icon - by Expressive Media

Instaflat - Instagram Icon - by Expressive Media

Ballicons – Scalable Icons in Flat Design – by Gimpo Studio

Ballicons - Scalable Icons in Flat Design – by Gimpo Studio

Compagnie des Signes – Web Illustrations – by Guillaume Kurkdjian

Compagnie des Signes, by Guillaume Kurkdjian

Flat Icons, by Boris Belov

Flat Icons, by Boris Belov

FLAT DESIGN Resources:

UI/UX Flat design – Free PSD, by Julie Champourlier

UI/UX Flat design - Free PSD, by Julie Champourlier

Free – Flat Design Business Card Template & Photoshop Tutorial, by Lauren Clark

Free Flat Design Business Card Template & Photoshop Tutorial, by Lauren Clark

Free – Flat UI Kit, by Enes Danis

Free Flat UI Kit, by Enes Danis

Flat UI Colors

Flat UI Colors

Flat Design UI Components, by GraphicBurger

Flat Design UI Components, by GraphicBurger

60 Free Flat Icon Sets, by Arshad

60 Free Flat Icon Sets, by Arshad

FLAT DESIGN with LONG SHADOW – Tutorials:

How to Create a Long Shadow Design + Resources, by Szaboka

How to Create a Long Shadow Design + Resources, by Szaboka

How to Create a Long Shadow Design + Resources, by Szaboka

Flat Long Shadows: Step-by-Step Tutorial, Resources and Examples, by Awwwards Team

Flat Long Shadows: Step-by-step Tutorial, Resources and Examples

Long Shadow Design (Photoshop Tutorial), by Andre Kobel

Long Shadow Design (Photoshop Tutorial), by Andre Kobel

Trendy Flat Long Shadow Icon Tutorial in Inkscape, by Istvan Kalmar

Trendy Flat Long Shadow Icon Tutorial in Inkscape, by Istvan Kalmar

 

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