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I think it was the influx of designers from print media, where bevels and gradient usage are generally considered crutches used by beginners who don't understand the fundamental aspects of design. Likewise whitespace is considered mana from the gods because it's in such short supply on the page.

Because there is now a strong connection between the two disciplines I'm less certain than most that this will simply be a fading trend.

I never had any trouble with flat design but I do have trouble with all the non-convention that arises out of app style design, which I feel is the real culprit of ux woes.




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