A “New” Design

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Creating products that are not only packed with features but also carries a great design was one of my initial goals when starting Celensoft. Creating a good design is never an easy task. For me, the design and the final touches of an app or a website take almost the same time I spend coding it. Just like the tech arena, design is something that evolves so quickly. A good UI design made half a year ago almost feels outdated these days. So in order to “maintain” the reputation of having something designed well means keeping the design updated to the modern trends.

Keeping that in mind, it has been a while since I have updated the UI and UX part of most of my products. Since most of the designs are made keeping the future in mind. it takes a little while to get outdated. But it has been the time to focus on a kind of design that travels way into the future. A trend that is not gonna die soon. By that, I mean once I publish a product I can forget about the redesign at least for a year and focus more on feature addition. Yes, I am talking about “Flat Design”.

What is Flat Design ?

As per Wikipedia, a Flat design is a style of interface design emphasizing the minimum use of stylistic elements that give the illusion of three dimensions (such as the use of drop shadows, gradients or textures) and is focused on a minimalist use of simple elements, typography, and flat colors.

This is exactly the idea of a Flat design. In simpler words, it refers to the most minimal use of 3D elements. It dosesn’t mean that Flat design cannot represent a 3D representation. Flat design still gives depth but with less of traditional 3D design techniques. It also refers to the use of an entirely new color palette and typography that suits the minimal design.

The image below clearly shows the difference between skeumophic (left, iOS 6) and flat design (right, iOS 7).

The Transition to Flat Design

This is exactly what is happening to the entire design world at present. Making a transition to flat design is not easy. Even though a minimal design feels easy to create at first, it takes more effort than creating a “traditional” skeuomorphic design. But this will be something that I have to do to adapt to the new trends and keep my design alive a bit longer.

I had planned to make the switch to a more minimal design a year and a half ago, but to be frank, I was afraid. The customer base that I was working with at that time was not a perfect place to try out my new “flat” design. So I went for a middle ground between the traditional and the new one and that seems to work out really well. But now more and more apps and websites are following this minimal design trend and most of their users are comfortable with the new design or rather have had a smooth transition.

Rather than making this article super long and boring, let me get the point. From now own each and every product that Celensoft makes will follow the guidelines of a flat/minimal design with the focus on color palettes and typography. The new Celensoft website will probably be the first to see a major redesign and this has been on my to-do list for years. Redesigning celensoft.com never an easy task. The site is packed with a large number of pages and backend scripts that need to be modified.

Since last month, I am working on the redesign of celensoft.com and it is nearing completion. In the coming three months, you can expect a bunch of new products from me that will feature the above mentioned flat design.

With that said, I am concluding. Expecting your valuable feedback.