My main project, Dopamine, is intended to mimic the effects of a “like” on social media for real life interactions. As an example, your shirt lights up when you waive to someone else. Therefore, my project must utilize a similar aesthetic as those utilized on Instagram, Facebook, etc. One look that I will be particularity trying to replicate is the flat design aesthetic. Flat design is know for it’s use of color gradients, border lines, and contrast to give the illusion of 3D forms. 
The above example demonstrates the evolution of the Firefox logo as it transitions to flat design. The most important takeaway is that the logo has been clearly simplified. The decorative elements have been stripped down in an effort to represent the bare essentials. This in many ways is the purpose of flat design, to convey a 3D form with as little as possible . This idea can be traced back to the minimalist movement, a post World War II movement pushing against the ideas of abstract expressionism . As a whole, minimalism attempts to reduce the composite elements . This produces a sleek, simple final product that I would like to replicate in my design.