Creating Flat Design Websites
By Antonio Pratas
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 112

In Detail

Flat design is a simple yet visually appealing and increasingly popular style, particularly good for people just starting to develop their own websites. This book helps you to create a simple and good looking product in the flat design style.

Creating Flat Design Websites will cover the origins of flat design, its principles as a visual style, and how to start designing right away, always making sure that the interface designed doesn't suffer from usability problems. Learn to design and develop your flat website with external frameworks to save time and money in your project. The book also provides you with tips to avoid the usability mistakes that commonly accompany this style due to its simple look and elements, as well as how to start developing the look of your website in HTML and CSS. Finally, you will learn how you can create your own Flat UI kit to suit your needs.

Approach

This book contains practical, step-by-step tutorials along with plenty of explanation about designing your flat website. Each section is introduced sequentially, building up your web design skills and completing your website.

Who this book is for

Whether you are starting on your journey in web development or you are a seasoned developer keen to develop in flat then this book is for you.

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        With only six chapters, the book is a quick read. The goal of the book is quickly achieved by the time you finish chapter 5 Developing Your Site. I like the book because it doesn't waste your time. It begins with an overview of the Flat vs. Skeuomorphic Design concept--then it quickly picks up the pace and dives right through the tools and resources you need to create and adapt the flat design.
        Chapter 2 Designing in Flat and Chapter 4 Designing Your Own Flat Website were my favorite chapters. Here, You learn by doing. Antonio Pratas provided a list of invaluable resources often used in a Flat design: colors, fonts, and grid frameworks. Also, the downloadable Photoshop resources from the Packt website helped me plow through the design exercises easily. I was able to produce good results with novice Photoshop skills because of the detailed instructions in the design exercises. Flat design is powerful because you do not need that much skill to come up with great results.
        Flat is everywhere nowadays because of Apple's very successful iOS. It is valuable to learn the skills necessary to create pages, apps, and products following this design concept. This book will help you learn those skills quickly to stay current.
        Overall, I'm happy with the results I got from reading and doing the exercises in this book. It is time well spent. But if you are an experienced designer, this book might be too easy for you.
        I got my electronic copy for free from PacktPub to do this book review.

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