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At some point in the future flat design will fall out of grace and I hope we'll be back to skeuomorphs for GUIs.

I mean, it seems no one cares to make coherent flat design interfaces + you often have to actively discover which text can be interacted with. It's also true for web-apps that make links only be identifiable when hovering the cursor above them.

This shit is a nightmare for old people. I can't explain to my parents how things work because there's no logic and it changes often.

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@Hiro the logic ive tracked with flat UIs most often is non interactable text is black, interactable text elements are color. if you break that connection though there really isn’t anything to go on

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@dogo in my experience it's just all over the place to be honest :| Sometimes it looks like the position of the elements in the UI which is inherited from older UIs hints about what is actionable, but then you're lost if you haven't experienced the older UIs.

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@Hiro People always reached for the word "skeuomorphic" as the name of the problem the web at the time was having. Certainly a good part of that was because the word got associated with Apple's design language, and well, I probably don't have to explain how that shook out. But it wasn't skeuomorphism that was the problem, it was lavish over-embellishment that made designs hard to update and make scale responsively. I would say hard to read too, but accessibility knowledge was sparse then.

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@Hiro Skeuomorphism is so important that Material was started as an effort to bring a level of skeuomorphic design back to flat design /because/ it was so problematic. Stripping away those elements that conveyed an item's affordance from our UIs was one of the most devastating steps backward for interface design.

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@68kHeart @Hiro Bad design that doesn't care about usability, and with constantly changing whims, can be skeuomorphic or flat. I have little hope that the next wave of UI design vogue will be better in this sense, and not worse.

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@tfb @68kHeart I have the feeling that the older UIs were at least familiar to most people, and people that came late into computers just had the time to familiarize until everything became flat and meaningless.

We siill touch and press either our screen or our mouse buttons or trackpads to interact with UI components so it still make sense that they look something like buttons, in my opinion.

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@Hiro Oh can I join the rant? Worst trend: UI elements that only appear when you hover them. I guess this is done in an attempt to make the UI look cleaner.

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