Today’s digital design shows a clear preference for horizontally oriented shapes, and a grid-based layout. Naturally, this results in a visual vocabulary that is strongly reminiscent of the characteristic De Stijl compositions, as is evident in the grid-based interface of Pinterest, for example. Other examples include Google’s Material Design, a design theory that explains how every manifestation of Google is constructed. Windows 10, the most geometric looking operating system so far, also invokes De Stijl.
The key principles of De Stijl will lead the way in designing an increasingly digital world. “I believe in the power of simplicity, which is why I am looking forward to the future, when user interfaces will become increasingly straightforward and intuitive, and really become a fluid, integral part of our lives,” says Bert Hagendoorn, founder of Dutch Digital Design,