Pro tips: creating flat app designs for iOS 7

Designing for iOS has always thrown up particular challenges that the designer has to contend with. Whereas previous versions of iOS were very much focused on a skeuomorphic look and feel, iOS 7's famously 'flat' aesthetic requires a different approach and the best iPhone apps simply have to adapt to it.

With what seems like the whole industry moving towards a flat design trend, it was no real surprise when Jony Ive's design team at Apple took iOS in this direction last year. Graphics are now bolder, more colourful and more focused on function than form. So even if you already know how to make an app, take heed of these tips and techniques for designing iOS 7-ready UIs in Photoshop.

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