Top 30 Amazing Neumorphism Designs that will Blow Your Mind

Today is about one of the latest design styles that got a lot of attention lately called Neumorphism. It originates from Skeuomorphism, an early adopter trend that Apple used in the early days before flat, material, and minimalist design became popular. Before we dive in into the actual showcase of designs, I would love to explain in a few words about the history of these trends, how they propagate and what is fashionable today. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Top 30 Amazing Neumorphism Designs that will Blow Your Mind

About Skeuomorphism

The concept of skeuomorphism was first proposed in the 1980s. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, was one of the first advocates of the idea that computer interfaces should be decorated to look like real-world objects. The concept is simple: users should find computer interfaces much easier to use if they are designed in a skeuomorphic manner.

It was especially useful for individuals who had never used a computer since the association with natural objects made identification very simple.

Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”

Even now in 2022, this style is still present in some components of modern applications. For instance, the trash icon on your macOS as Michal Malewicz explains it in his wonderful article, or the well known floppy disk we love using it when we want to save our progress.

But, what this weird word means anyway?

According to Wikipedia: “A skeuomorph is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues from structures that were necessary for the original.”

A plain definition would be that it mimics details of the real world.

We can use our imagination and tools like Photoshop (this would go very well in this case), Figma or Sketch to transfer the decorative details of a real-life object into a digital interface. There are some talented artists who use Skeuomorphism in their work to create intriguing designs. Let’s take a look at some examples:

Another Guitar Effects Shot by Mik Skuza
UI Kit by Mike Creative Mints
UI Kit by Mike Creative Mints
iOS Game / Match3! by Mike Creative Mints

The result is beautiful thanks to the attention paid to every detail. Designers go beyond the call of duty in designing every element, to look exactly or very closely to match a real-life object. This quote sums it up nicely:

The details are not details. They make the design.

Advantages using Skeumorphism

  • Immediate recognition because of its realistic approach
  • Creativity meets no boundaries
  • Feedback – for instance an audible signal is generated when you throw something into the trash

How on earth will I implement this?

Indeed, that’s the main disadvantage of using this style and that’s why it went outdated. People start questioning, do we really need all that? The most visually drastic transition occurred in 2013 from iOS 6 to iOS 7.

Photo credits go to respective owner/s

Advantages of Minimal Flat Design

  • Coding time has been significantly decreased
  • The actual code was also refactored
  • The storage on the server was reduced

In this article, we will explore some examples of Neumorphic UI designs and get inspired by them so that you can start combining old and new elements in your own creative projects but before that:

What exactly is Neumorphism Design?

Often called modern skeuomorphism this design trend falls somewhere between skeuomorphism and flat design. It does not act by miming features of natural objects nor by reducing their details to a minimum. This example from Justinmind illustrates it the best:

A neumorphic design provides a unique user experience and visually appears as a soft interface with drop shadows, depth effects, and a vibrant primary colour, all of which work together to create this cool aesthetic.

Here is a wonderful freebie containing multiple components wrapped in neumorphism. Let’s analyze it a bit:

https://dribbble.com/shots/9527558-Freebie-Neumorphic-UX-UI-Elements
Mike Denzel
  • The background of the card and the artboard’s background share the same neutral color, and the two shadows, one lighter and one darker combine to give the impression of a 3D scene.
  • On the entire interface, one accent-primary color expresses a professional aesthetic.
  • A major role is played by the in-depth effect applied to many components—for instance, the square and the circle.

I know what some of you are thinking: Yes it is all wonderful, but I think this UI style is not applicable. How many apps have you seen under neumorphism ? Well, I think if you want to be unique and make your app stand out in this noisy world, you can give it a try.

My advice is to not go very aggressive with it and make components very subtle, clean, and simple. You can use this css free tool to implement a neumorphic design.

Without further details please welcome a collection of very carefully handpicked design shots under neumorphic style from designers around the world.

1. Neumorphic Mobile Banking by Alexander Plyuto

This shot became viral on Dribbble very quickly, starting the neumorphism trend. Many designers immediately began applying this style to their creative work after seeing it.

2. Neumorphic Radio Player App by Alexander Plyuto

3. Neumorphic Components by Maria M. Muñoz

4. Tesla Smart App by Gavrisov Dimitri

5. Fitness App by Gavrisov Dimitri by Mariia Tokar

6. MechaCalc – Calculator App by Afrills

7. Neumorphism UI Elements by Filip Legierski

8. Dark Budget Planner by Premiumuikits

Dark Budget Planner

10. Music Player by Filip Legierski

11. Freebie Neumorphic UX UI Elements by Mike Denzel

https://dribbble.com/shots/9527558-Freebie-Neumorphic-UX-UI-Elements

12. Cryptocurrency Wallet App by Bhavna Kashyap

13. Mobile Banking | Dark by Sèrgi Mi

14. Neumorphism Landing Page by Fredrik Aurdal

15. Neumorphism UI Trend by OTAKOYI

 Neumorphism UI Trend

16. Hydration App by Andrei Simion

17. Neumorphic washing machine by Dimest

Washing Machine

18. Home Automation Remote Control by Martín Priotti

19. Cleaning Application by Stan

Cleaning Application using Neumorphism

20. Neumorphic Clock Application by Kritvi Bathia

22. Music UI dark & light by Elena Zelova

23. Neumorphic Elements by Premiumuikits

24. Mobile App Tracker by Outcrowd

25. Dark Neumorphic Website Design by Samson Vowles

26. Figma Neumorphic Freebie by Andrew Mamontov

27. Free Neumorphic UI Kit for Figma by Tatsiana Charnysh

28. Neumorphic Calculator Design by Virly Maghrifan

29. Music Player Exploration by Rudi Hartono

30. Soft Icons – iOS 14 Icon Pack by Andrei Simion