Neumorphism. The Future of User Interface Design?

The new decade spawns new user interface design trends. 'Soft design,' also known as 'neumorphic design' or 'neumorphism,' is gaining traction as one of the most promising new trends for the upcoming year. This post will define neumorphism in UI and demonstrate how to neumorph your application.

How It Came About

In the 1980s, skeuomorphism first appears in the narrative. Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., was among its earliest and most ardent supporters. The idea was that skeuomorphic interface design would provide users with a much more intuitive experience by emulating hyperrealistic graphical objects, shadows, and shapes from the physical world.

Skeuomorphism utilized auditory and visual cues to attract the attention of users and demonstrate how things function. It had a time and a place in the design of the first iOS versions until the 2000s.

According to a 2007 Forbes article, skeuomorphism is now extinct. After iOS was redesigned in 2013 in a stylish manner, this claim was accepted as true six years later. Since the adoption of flat design by Apple,.

The Swiss style was the source of inspiration for flat design, a minimalist and classically digital aesthetic.

Material design was introduced by Google.

Flat design and material design are currently dominating interface design, offering minimalism, convenience, and customization.

Neumorphism's emergence as the hottest UI trend in 2019 marked a shift away from the'super flat and minimal' vector and toward a more realistic aesthetic. Michal Malewicz published several articles on Medium about a "new skeuomorphism" in UI design. Jason Kelley then proposed a new word, 'neumorphism,' created by combining the words 'new' and'skeuomorphism'

Neumorphism resembles tangible objects. By incorporating a physical element into the flat UI paradigm, it brings clean interfaces to life.

What is the Neumorphism?

Neumorphism is the combination of flat design and skeuomorphism.

Neumorphism, also known as soft UI, is a visual style that combines background colors, shapes, gradients, highlights, and shadows to create graphically intensive buttons and switches. All of this makes it possible to achieve a soft, extruded plastic appearance and nearly 3D design.

In this manner, neumorphic cards, buttons, and progress bars have a dark box-shadow below and a light box-shadow above, creating the impression that user interface elements are being pushed through a display.

Neumorphism is not a replacement for the flat design style, but rather an addition to the design of app user interfaces.

Considerations for Neutralizing Your UI

Mobile, desktop, and web applications can all benefit from neumorphism. However, there are accessibility/visibility issues, especially with the buttons. Thus, buttons may not have sufficient contrast for individuals with visual impairments to identify them easily. Screens of low quality or low brightness/contrast may present certain difficulties.

On the basis of the concept of neumorphism, there are also concerns regarding efficient methods for coding components, customizing button and input style. Few libraries currently exist, but new ones are beginning to appear:

Components of React Native based on the Neumorphism concept (iOS only). Neumorphic UI is a collection of components based on the idea of neumorphism.

Soft-UI CSS code generator from

In this way, neumorphism will carry your entire product to success and create a significant impact only when combined with the ideal blend of existing UI styles. When combined with higher contrast elements and good typography, neumorphism creates the appropriate atmosphere and keeps UI design approachable and user-friendly.

Go Ahead and Create!

Neumorphism, one of the newest trends in UI, brings a breath of fresh air to the design of app user interfaces, which appear soft and easy on the eyes. And people seem to like it.

Neumorphism allows you to experiment freely with aesthetics. To ensure smoothness and usability, however, it must be meticulously designed and cleverly implemented.