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beautiful cloud icons What is the fascination with clouds? Ever since the first iPhone brought a weather app to our pockets designers have been drawing them.

Perhaps it’s because, as British diplomats were taught in the nineteenth century, the weather is the only polite way to start a conversation; a subject that affects us all equally and for which no one can be blamed.

Perhaps it’s because clouds are one of the few aspects of the landscape that all human beings experience. The Algonquin may not bump in palm trees regularly, Botswanans may only experience snow on the Discovery Channel, but nowhere on the planet is cloudless.

With the advent of cloud computing, designers have collectively refined the depiction of a cloud into a single recognizable mark, as identifiable a form as a ‘play’ icon or the letter ‘Y’. A cloud, in reality a transient collection of water droplets with no consistent form, is now universally seen as three or four interlocking circles, the outer two symmetrical, the inner two asymmetrical creating a sense of depth.

Despite the formula that has emerged, designers’ showcase sites are brimming with a huge variety of cloud icons.

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Flat UI Kit Trends start everyday: an idea is adopted, passed on and before you know it it’s being discussed on design blogs. However, most trends vanish as quickly as they appeared. To paraphrase Andy Warhol, everything will be trendy for 15 minutes. Once in a while, an idea is found to have something so fundamental about it that it thrives, even after the initial clamor dies down. Responsive design was one such ‘trend’ and flat-design looks like becoming another.

Flat design — which is more of a rejection of 3D artifice than it is a style — fits so perfectly into the contemporary landscape that it’s already hard to envisage a time when it wasn’t de rigueur.

To help you take the leap into flat design we’ve put together this great freebie: A free flat UI kit designed especially for Webdesigner Depot by Freepik.  As you know, Freepik.com is a leading search engine that indexes vectors, PSDs and photos free for personal and commercial use. It’s a great resource for graphic designers as their engine locates free graphic content and it displays the results in an orderly layout for easy access.

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