Following the publication of the Fall of the Designer series, I was invited to the On the Grid podcast to discuss the origins of flat design in 20th century modernism as well as the practice of visual design today and its role moving forward. We covered a lot in this recording, take a listen.
A select quote from 58 minutes into the podcast:
You’re of the opinion that iOS 7 was a step backwards. If so much of the rest of the world seems to not agree, I’m curious where you get the confidence that you’re right. If I were in your position, I would feel like ‘oh, I may feel this way, but look, everyone’s using flat design, it seems to be catching on, most people seem to think it’s better looking, I must be wrong somehow.’ And you have this very admirable confidence in the views you’ve taken. I’m trying to understand where that comes from.
Well, it’s not so much confidence in myself, so much as confidence in the history and tradition of interface design. A lot of people say, ‘oh the practice of interface design is only a few decades old, we really don’t know what we’re doing yet,’ but I would say that’s not giving the practice enough credit.
You can see the shownotes and learn more about the podcast on the On the Grid podcast page.