The other night I attended a TechHub NYC
panel discussion featuring a group of indie gamers, including Patrick Moberg, co-founder of Dots
. If you're not familiar or haven't gotten addicted yet, this extremely simple game simply requires you to... connect the dots. And yet it's been topping the App Store for weeks.
When asked what factors he thought have contributed to the game's success, Patrick sited the popularity may be partly due to its refreshingly minimalist design and aesthetic.
As sites have undergone mobile-friendly re-designs, buttons and images have gotten bigger, colors calmer, textures flatter, typography sleeker, and white space more vast. With iOS 7, Apple is joining the party and dropping their skeuomorphic notepads, book shelves, and pool tables.
The redesign has caused a lot of hubbub on the web for being harsh
, and confusing
; however, maybe it's a sign that we're more comfortable navigating. We don't need gimmicky reflections, shadows, and notebooks to impress us and tell us what to do. In 2013 I know that I'm about to read an ebook regardless of whether I access it in a virtual bookshelf.
Aside from being more visually appealing (errgh, except iOS 7), do recent trends in web aesthetics increase usability? Are they merely fads or do you think they positively impact user experience (especially for new users)?
For a glimpse at how much web design has changed since the mid-2000s, check out this old-timey tutorial
. Shoulder pads and feathered bangs, what were we thinking?!