Design Trend ! Neuphormic design UI

New decade gives rise to new trends in UI design. ‘Soft design’, best known as ‘neumorphic design’, or ‘neumorphism’, is already catching an eye as one of the promising coming year new tendencies. In this post, we will uncover what neumorphism in UI is, and how to neumorph your app.

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Skeuomorphism engaged auditory/visual cues to capture users’ attention and show them how things work. It had its time and place in the first iOS versions design until the 2000s.

In 2007, Forbes stated that skeuomorphism is dead like a past life thing. This statement was accepted as the truth six years later after iOS had redesigned with style in 2013. Ever since Apple had settled on flat design.

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Flat design, a minimalist and classically digital aesthetic, was inspired by the Swiss style.

Google, in turn, had rolled out material design.

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Flat design and material design are being dominant in interface design so far, offering minimalism, convenience, personalization.

Rise of neumorphism as the hottest UI trend marked 2019, changing the ‘super flat and minimal’ vector to something midway to realism. Michal Malewicz published some posts on Medium about a ‘new skeuomorphism’ in UI design. Jason Kelley, in turn, proposed a new word ‘neumorphism’ made by joining two words ‘new’ and ‘skeuomorphism’ together.

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Neumorphism mimics real-life objects. It brings clean interfaces to life through adding a physical element to flat UI paradigm.

What is Neumorphism?

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Neumorphism combines developments of flat design and skeuomorphism. Neumorphism, or soft UI, is a visual style that combines background colors, shapes, gradients, highlights, and shadows to ensure graphic intense buttons and switches. All that allows achieving a soft, extruded plastic look, and almost 3D styling.

This way, neumorphic cards, buttons, progress bars have a dark box-shadow below and a light box-shadow above, which creates the look and feel that user interface components are being pushed through a display.

It is worth noting that neumorphism is not a replacement for flat design style, but an addition to app user interface design.

First Step for Neumorphism

Neumorphism design is all about selecting the right color palettes. For the Neumorphism Effect , you need 3 shades of the same color.

  • Light Color for Light Shadow
  • Mid color for Main background and Element color
  • Dark Color for Dark Shadow
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Go Fire up Your Design

Neumorphism, as one of the newest trends in UI, brings a breath of fresh air to app user interface design, looks soft, easy on the eyes. And people seem to like it.

Neumorphism gives you aesthetic freedom to experiment with it. But keep in mind that it has to be carefully designed and wittily implemented to ensure smoothness and usability.

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