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There are visual conventions in flat UIs to provide affordance. You don't have to rely on chrome or skumorphic design to do that. For example: I've seen this small arrow icon used on flat UIs to indicate that a certain element is interactable. One solution would be to overlay a similar flat icon over your interactable elements, and use the absence of ...


I don't understand your conclusion that icons cannot be actionable. My email program distinguishes emails that I've read from those I still need to read using pictures of envelopes that are either closed or not closed. A icon with a closed envelope is a call to action to me to open it. In addition, I can set flags on my emails with various colors.. Why can ...

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