I had not realized that pictures and icons were behind some of the “advantages” attributed to flat design. I felt uneasy about noticing that just after the lecture, because many of my designs in the last year were influenced by flat design. It feels bad realizing that you did something as part of a trend instead of looking for some factual basis other than “i read about this on x blog”.
Flat design was an overreaction to Really bad skeuomorphism… the well intended goal of simplifying design, lead to abandoning practices that when well employed made users´ life easier by informing them when some element was clickable or in a different plane through shadow or gradients.
As designers we are supposed to aim for functionality not just trends. I´ll try to remember this.
Image source: williforddesign