Everyone and everything wants to remain competitive to survive in this world. They want to remain relevant to their target audience. That is the reason it is important to stay conversant with the current trends in the respective fields. So web designer and developer are no different. Because their industry evolves so rapidly they should remain up-to-date with the latest trends in their industry. The web design trends are dynamic. If you are actually looking for a big change in 2014, you will be quite surprised to see some of the new web design trends emerging.
What are the web design trends awaiting for the next year? Let’s find it out.
Flat user-interface is an emerging concept that is already being implemented on several websites. Earlier, web design focused on skeuomorphic design with drop shadows, rounded corners, big gradients and objects that would look and feel like real things. This concept will be completely replaced by flat UI which will centeron content, typography, and the use of colour and will provide basic design with minimal distracting elements including unnecessary frills, textures, style, effects like shadow and much more.
Scrolling effects are dominant in web design. It showcases one of the hottest new trends in web design industry. Sites who will utilize parallax effect will be able to create a 3D experience while scrolling down the page. It is similar to animation and can help bring a website to life. The background and foreground image and text can be animated as you scroll which will help to create a depth and bring the page to life. While you scroll through the pages, the texts and the graphics will become animated and move on the page to change content and create scenery. It seems that in 2014, parallax scrolling will be a standard design feature.
Responsive design is and will rule the web design world. Responsive design is not a trend but a necessity that is implemented on a mobile site. With responsive web design, you can utilize the existing content that responds to the resolution of different devices the users use. Mobile, tablet and desktop users can see the same content with a completely different layout that will be designed specifically for their screen device and size. With responsive design, you can emphasize on important things you want the mobile or tablet users to see such as location or phone number. Envisioning what the users want to see can help to make a mobile site unique and handy.Research shows that mobile now makes up nearly 60% of the total traffic and this trend has been showing an upward trend and will continue to do so in 2014.
Larger font and images:
With the improved screen resolution very year, it is expected that the font will get even better and bigger. This is done to make text more readable and clear. With this aim in mind, varying number of sizes fortexts including larger headings that are clear and concise has been introduced. Larger headers make a powerful impact on the readers and can better communicate the goal of your site.
Similarly, larger images and illustrations take a lead in the overall layout to keep the design clean. With larger images, the need for fluff and embellishment disappear.
Single page site:
Although single page website is great for smaller sites, it helps to keep your content easy to navigate while depending heavily on scrolling. The single page design technique conveys a linear, controlled message to the visitors and help to keep the focus on important details. If the designer wants to keep the keep things short and simple, single page website is a web trend worth considering.
Large and Video background:
Previously, large background images were a problem as that would take forever to load and were distracting. However, with the advent of the internet technology larger background images are no longer an issue provided the size of the image fits within the site. With the right design and image, web designer can easily connect large background images into the design thereby enhancing the experience of the reader.
Similarly, with video background, earlier, concerns regarding the speed of the page loading and browser limitation prevented the smooth implementation of video backgrounds within a site. However, with emerging technology designing a video background can help to support the design and content of your site.
A few more upcoming trends:
Iconography as navigation:
Icons are great for content but the navigation should be clear and easy to understand
With the growing capabilities of CSS3, HTML5, SASS, LESS and jQuery there will be some more amazing animation in 2014
Modal pop-ups are the best way to interact with the users and provide them the information they want
Geometric design elements:
Geometric design elements help a site utilize fun with shapes and colours without taking away the simplicity of the design
The more your infographics are interactive, the better it opens up opportunity to present useful information related to products and services
Mix and match typography:
Such typography can present different information without causing any clutter. The changing trends help to figure out what is popular and what works the best for designing a website.
Eric Haskell has over 15 years of experience in web development, programming, e-commerce, and business strategy experience. He focuses on solutions that merge current technologies, applications, and concepts together to help each client meet their goals with success. He also contributes articles for Palmetto Web Design, Columbia SC.