Skeuomorphism can be described as a style that uses elements that mimic the things we are using in the real world for the same purposes. The most common example is a trash bin icon for deleted files.


The circle in the middle is distinguised by color, form and position
Dribbble shot by Ani Harutyunyan


Skeuomorphism appeared in the 1980s in Apple interfaces. It was based on the idea of an intuitive interface that should consist of the elements that remind the users of real objects.


It decreased its popularity because of the performance: high-resolution images and details become too hard to process with poor internet connection and designers came up with something fresh as flat design. Today neumorphism is a hot UI trend that can be considered using in simple interfaces that are not overloaded with details.

Tips & Tricks

There are few neumorphism principles that you should keep in mind:


  • Selective application;
  • Minimum effective dose;


These are the steps you may follow for creating neumorphic design:


  1. Draw basic shapes that will be a foundation for your object.
  2. Apply strokes, gradients and shadows to gain some volume and light.
  3. Adjust the details.

Here is the quote by Donald A. Norman taken from his book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’.

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