“Flat design” and the new age of design accessibility.
To me, the obsession over the flat design trend is an indicator we have strayed off course. It’s not a matter of taste, but an understanding that this style of design is just a veneer; with a little use, the veneer rubs off and you’re quick to discover just how well something is designed.
Accessibility to templates and frameworks has given the option to use this flat aesthetic to virtually anyone who wants to create something. I would argue the rapid utilization of these assets has outpaced the education of design fundamentals, resulting in a lot of lazy, thoughtless, and - dare I say - flat design.
Thinking deeper about design
There is a subtle distinction I think both designers and developers should wrap their heads...