Does flat design typically have gradients?

I have a poster I’m working on and would you say that this poster resembles flat design a little bit? I would think that it kind of does because of the lego guy’s hair and the background) but that’s not necessarily what I was trying to achieve in this poster. I was actually just trying to make the lego guy look more 3D which is why I added gradients to his pants and added shadows and highlights to his hair. The only problem I’m having is trying to figure out how to make the blocks look 3D rather than just having a solid color.

The main thing I’m asking is: is it ok for posters to contain some elements of flat design and a mix of gradients or should I not “blend” styles like that? Like is it ok what I have so far or should the poster stick with just gradients if I’m going for that type of look?

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I also attempted to add flat design in the blocks, but not sure if I necessarily like it (See picture below). I also don’t know how to determine if the cast shadow on an element should be straight up and down or diagonal? As you can tell the cast shadow is going “down” on the circles on the background and I have the cast shadow going “diagonally” on the blocks.

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Answer

I think this article from Designmodo lays out the principles of flat design clearly:

Flat design gets its name from the shapes used. Flat design employs a
distinct two-dimensional style that is simply flat.

The concept works without embellishment – drop shadows, bevels,
embossing, gradients or other tools that add depth.
Every element or
box, from image frames to buttons to navigational tools, is crisp and
lacks feathered edges or shadows.

This is not to say your poster design can’t use gradients, unless, of course, it specifically needs to be executed in the “flat design” style (i.e; project requirement requested from a client or professor). Hope this helps!

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