Light comes from above
One design tip you'll see everywhere once you know it:
Light comes from above.
Kind of obvious, but this means that:
- Objects are lighter at the top
- Shadows fall below elements
- Elements closer to you are brighter
This is why shadows spreading out evenly seem subtly wrong.
This is why gradients that are darker on the top seem weird.
This is why darker cards on lighter backgrounds are off.
Just remember: Light comes from above!
As soon as you know this you’ll notice it everywhere!