Claymorphism seems to be the rage now in web design. This style, which may remind you of your favorite claymation shows, has a very playful look. Andrian Bece writes about the style for Smashing Magazine.

Claymorphism builds on top of Neumorphism foundations. Although both use rounded corners, they differ in how they use backgrounds and shadow. Instead of using light and dark outer shadow to achieve the extrusion effect, Claymorphism uses two inner shadows (dark and light) and an outer (usually darker) shadow to achieve a soft 3D and floating effect. This allows for Claymorphism to have any background color, independent of the background which was a major drawback with Neumorphism.

I’ve actually played around with added a little claymorphism to my blog, but it just didn’t look right to my eyes, though it does typically pair well with flat elements. I noticed that Glasp, the service for saving quotes from the web, is getting a bit of a facelift that borrows from the claymorphism trend.

The style may not be for my projects, but I have to admit it is fun.

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