Modernist design: Beyond flat and simple

A decade ago, the big players in software adopted modernist design for their user interfaces. With this redesign, digital came of age, embracing a look and feel that’s no longer bound by last century’s conventions or bound by the inexperience of those new to computing.

Modernist user interfaces were intended to focus people on their current task, supports fast-paced use, and embraces the fact that the interfaces are digital.

At first glance, modernist interfaces were simple and flat when compared to older graphical user interfaces. But making designs that are simple and flat didn’t always work. Designers who didn’t understand the principles behind modernist interface design made uninformed choices that hurt their customers.

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