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Skeuomorph is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that were necessary in the original.
Flat design is a graphical style that aims to have any graphic element, therefore keeping the design flat with no decorative element with colours and shapes kept simple.
Flat design has been around for a while. Microsoft first implemented their Metro design philosophy. Metro aims to make the user interface simple and to not rely on the graphics so much which they have achieved above.
Later, Google shifted towards flat design quite subtly by slowly introducing new design pieces to each of its products. This month, Google unveiled their new logo which took away the bevelling and shadows and introduced a more flat, clean look.
Now Apple have moved in a similar direction with the new iOS 7 release next week which embraces simplicity with their icons and user interface.
Most certainly yes! A recent study by Usabilla found that 68% of the industry of web professionals believes that flat based designs will continue to thrive for more than 5 years because it’s so simple to use.
What do you prefer, Skeuomorph or Flat based designs?