5 Stunning Examples of Flat Design

1. We begin our tour of gorgeous flat design with this surprising, eye-catching Darth Vader image by Portuguese designer Filipe Carvalho, who created a whole series of images based on the iconic characters.

Star Wars icons by Portuguese designer Filipe Carvalho

 

2. Next up is The Hipster Alphabet, by Michael Mahaffey. On his website, Mahaffey describes this comprehensive series of alphabetical illustrations as an act of self-education. I only wish we’d had these pasted to the walls of my Kindergarten classroom!

Just one letter in Michael Mahaffey’s playful, beautiful Hipster Alphabet.

 

3. Impression Digital created seven images for Harvey Waters Softeners to walk viewers through British design by decade. Browse the decades from the 50s to the 2010s here.

From the Interior Design by Decades project, by UK company Impression Digital

 

4. Here’s a really cool example of flat game design out of France, by TBWA Dan for SNFC.

SNCF – Défi Ingénieurs 2 View site By TBWA DAN Paris X TBWA Paris X \Else (FRANCE)

5. And finally, that brings us to a bright, colorful use of flat design by a company called Wistia, that allows users to easily add video to their websites.

Flat design for the company Wistia, via http://www.hotdesignworld.com/flat-website-design/

 

You can read up on the history of flat design here.

What is flat design?

the term given to the style of design in which elements lose any type of stylistic characters that make them appear as though they lift off the page. via Amber Leigh Turner for TNW

Find 50 great-looking examples of flat design at Hotdesignworld.com.

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Our entryway features a modest but meaningful shrine to the eclectic nature of our lives

Cultivate a Shrine: can possessions make you happier?

My grandmother’s tin colander isn’t necessary, but it does make me happy!

The September challenge in Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home focuses on possessions. Gretchen challenges the popular mandate to simplify your life by getting rid of everything that isn’t essential. Rubin argues that possessions–those that have sentimental value, or those that are useful, or those that serve symbolically to remind us of our relationships with people we love–can actually bring a kind of happiness.

Rubin is inspired by her daughter, Eleanor, who keeps little collections of her treasures throughout the apartment.

The view master I played with as a kid sits atop books that are meaningful to me, including a French edition of Dream of Following her daughter’s lead, Rubin creates her own shrine–a shrine to work. She transforms her office with a painted mural on the wall, which does, she finds, bring her a degree of happiness while she is working.

Following her daughter’s lead, Rubin creates her own shrine–a shrine to work. She transforms her office with a painted mural on the wall, which does, she finds, bring her a degree of happiness while she is working.

As much as I try (unsuccessfully) to eliminate clutter in my home, I also believe in keeping things. Not all of the things I keep are useful every day, but many of them bring me happiness. Take, for instance, my grandmother’s old tin colander (pictured above). After my grandmother died, my dad sent me a box with some items from her house–among them, the colander, which brings me happiness because it reminds me, every time I glance at it, of the dear country lady who showed her love by cooking. Next to it, a little painting that I purchased from Goodwill. The painting doesn’t have sentimental value, but it struck me when I saw it, and I love the simplicity and innocence of it. Looking at it makes me happy.

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