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Getting Started with Neumorphism in User Interface

 

Design trends keep on changing every year.

User interface designers keep on experimenting with new design systems to deliver the best user interface design for their clients. In fact, the clients are less worried about the design trends compared to the designer (obviously).

But how cool it would be if you could deliver a design that follows the latest trends?

Well, in one scenario the client might not like it because his daughter’s favorite color is pink (not green). But considering other scenarios and assuming that the client is well aware of the latest design trends, you have a higher chance of getting good appreciation with tips (does it really matter?).

Neumorphism

 

I like solving problems. I could find a lot of articles on Google about “Neumorphism in user interface” and “whether or not neumorphism will become the trend of 2078”. I found some really good articles which I’ll drop below and it’s very highly recommended to read them for a better understanding of neumorphism.

Not Patient Enough? Dive right into Getting Started 

Michal Malewicz has written a simple yet beautiful article about neumorphism. I found another interesting article over here which is really helpful.

Okay, to be simply put.

Yes, that protruding one is the neumorphic one.

It looks like something is budging out from behind. It’s smooth and it fits healthy on the screens giving it a beautiful little look (only if you’re a fan of neumorphism). Well, I’m indeed a fan of neumorphism but that doesn’t make this article a biased one.

I’ve built this entire website with lots of CSS custom code to adapt neumorphism (look around when you get time, wink).

The concept of neumorphism is simple yet powerful, and it’s all about playing around with shadows and nothing else. The only difference between a simple box and a neumorphic box is the shadow. The neumorphic box has two shadows (a lighter one on the top and the darker one on the lower end ) that generates an optical illusion.

Interestingly there are more articles on the internet explaining neumorphism than helping people get started with it. So I decided to come up with an article that actually helps even newbies get started with neumorphism.

Let’s start with the shadows.

neumorphism samples
Credits: Nerumorphism effects by Sonal Shah on Dribbble

I found this really simply shot on Dribbble from Sonal Shah, one of the designers in the Dribbble community. She explained it very simply with just the drop shadow codes. If you’re a designer playing with shadows,  you know what to do next.

If you’re a newbie trying to get started with confusing shadows, I’ve something for you.

Adam Gibel, a frontend engineer from Denmark has created a wonderful tool to help people who are getting started with neumorphism. His website neumorphism.io helps you create neumorphic boxes and it will automatically generate a CSS code that can be used easily.

Thank you, Adam, adapting neumorphism on this website was made possible because of your lovely tool. Creators like Adam and Sonal Shah, help the designing and developers community to do things much more efficiently. #AbsoluteRespect.

Getting Started

 

Getting Started

 

Well, I know the professional designers don’t need any help. They just need to understand the concept to get started. But I’ll be focusing on budding designers, creative and curious people who want to build their new company website in neumorphism and so on. I’ll make it very simple and I’ll provide multiple options (no, this is not an exam).

  • Quite Hard – I crawled around the internet to find some courses (free/paid) so that I could learn neumorphism easily without spending much time crawling around. But I couldn’t find any, so I’ve arranged a collection of resources which will help you get started with neumorphism for FREE!

I’ll also provide some links which provide a basic tutorial on how to use platforms like Sketch / Figma which is widely used to design web and application prototype.

  1. Neumorphism in WordPress [Elementor Pro]
  2. Neumorphism in Figma 
  3. Figma Basics Tutorial
  4. Dribbble Inspirations – Neumorphism
  • Easiest Option – Well, the easiest option is to spend some money. I don’t mean to invest a lot of money into a designer to get it done for you, but there are packages available. Precisely known as user interface kits (UI kits) developed by professional designers. It costs around $10-$20 bucks which got almost all the elements you need. You can easily adapt them to your design with basic skills and three important ideas.

Re-arrange – Re-size – Reduce-Time

You can find a list of them over here, I’ve handpicked some really good and easy ones to help you get started within a few minutes. I tried them personally and it worked like a charm. Check out Market

Neumorphism UI Kit PRO

Business Model

 

 

We discussed Neumorphism, How it works, and to Getting Started with Neumorphism.

But how does it help you? Well, the design system looks good to adapt and it provides the better user experience, but is it really something that benefits you?

Well, the answer is yes! Only if you do it properly.

As long as there is a demand in the market, supply becomes necessary. Around the globe,  marketing managers, developers, and even CEOs are looking to adopt the latest design trends into their applications and websites.

So, that’s where you’ve to be with “Neumorphism”

Focusing completely on Neurmophic designs is a big NO-NO! Because we still don’t know what is the exact future of this design system. The one thing we clearly know is that there is some requirement and short of designers as well. So if you sharpen your skills, build some portfolio in the neumorphic design system and let the word out, there is a very high chance of attracting new clients.

Interestingly, you might get more “normal design works” than Neumorphism because a wide range of audience pick designers who adopt the latest trends to work on their projects (it means you’re flexible to changes and that’s intelligence).

Also, there is a massive debate on whether or not neumorphism is useful. Well, it has its own advantages and disadvantages, and it’s only acceptable within a crowd just like any other new design system. Only time will show how neumorphism is going to change the design industry.

But It’s possible.

Bottom Line

 

It’s not as hard as you think. Neumorphism is very easy to adapt and it has nothing but an extra shadow effect to generate a protruding smooth effect. It is considered as the latest trend of design and it’s being discussed around the internet for a reason.

Adapting to it or not is nothing but a personal and professional choice. As long as there are user experience advantages, I recommend using this design system. Well, I’ve adapted neumorphism on this website, which you can start exploring from the home page. Let me know how that looks.

Feel free to share your comments in the box below, I’d be happy to clear your queries and it doesn’t matter how small it is. Also, let’s take this moment to appreciate all the creators contributing to this giant community which makes every one of us work efficiently.

 

 

 

Krishna Moorthy

The easiest way to approach something for long term is to approach it hard way in the beginning. I do that and I’ve shared my experiences over here. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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