Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication – Leonardo Da Vinci.
Well, I guess people are coming to apprehend and accept this simple yet profound fact these days. Particularly in the web design industry. Few years back, web designers were extremely focused on exhibiting their design skills by applying flamboyant illustrations and animations that, yes of course, won their visitors. Then came skeuomorphic design which brought real life to screen, employing faux-realistic textures, drop shadows and real object characteristics. The attractive skeuomorphism gave way to our minimalist hero – Flat Design.
This design trend comes as a fresh and honest combo that abstains the use of fancy design techniques and embraces a more simplified, digitally aesthetic approach. It features clean, open space, crisp edges, bright colors and two-dimensional illustrations. Flat design emphasizes on presenting a clear distinction between technology and real-life materials rather than bringing them into an interface.
Okay, now, you must have got enough idea of what flat design is all about and you might even want to try. And if this design revolutionisn’t tempting enough, start first by designing a prototype. You sure will be amazed by these ready-to-use flat UI prototype building kits. Come on; let’s dig in one by one:
This iOS UI design kit was developed by InVision, a free web and mobile prototyping and UI mockup tool. It comes with 8 Photoshop source files, 138 templates and over 500 UI elements and components at your fingertips, making you whisk up any kind of UI in no time. Its ‘drag-and-drop’ elements make it easy for you to design any iPhone app. They are retina display ready and that eliminates your worry to optimize your assets.
Station Interactive is a concept design that visualizes how a radio or a multimedia company uses various media to interact and engage with clients. It is an interactive and a creative PSD template that represents a multimedia agency. It’s built using vivid colors, stylish components and beautiful typography. PSD files are available for free download and more elements are to be added in future updates. Basically developed for Android, it comes with material design files that can be used to prototype Android mobile UI, desktop applications and visuals.
Developed by psdboom.com, this free PSD UI kit is packed with a variety of material design elements such as navigation menu, statistics, profile, buttons, sign-in page, graphics, music player, and many other UI functionalities. Each element can be used for webpage design or creating UI of any mobile application. All the UI elements are available for free. This UI kit has been designed based on the Google Material Design.
If you are one creative brain out there, then this UI kit will just wow you. A neat UI Kit for the best astronaut designers and developers, this kit contains over 40 widgets. They are built with vector shapes and are retina ready based on 960gs grid with 16 columns, giving a stunning appeal to your UI. This free UI kit is ideal for those out-of-the-normal and creative projects in your box.
Having pixel-perfect website mockups are definitely a huge asset for your big project. Twish, an awesome one page website mockup, will take care of that work for you. With a nice grid gallery section at the top and a clean, minimal look, Twish will just work for any type of business. You can place icons or images and descriptive text about the services you provide, and practically organize a lot of information into a compact area.
Experimenting can bring out wowsome results and after all, web designing has a lot of scope. So, don’t hold back. Gear up and make ‘flatastic’ designs with these flat UI kits.
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