Web Design is one of the significant aspects of any business or individuals who want to build up their online presence. Like other things, the web design trends are also change from year to year.
In order to keep up with today’s requirements, one must understand the current demands of the web design field.
Many of the trends that were spotted at the last year are still around in this year also. At below let us see about the web design trends for 2014.
Web Design Trends 2014:
1. Flat design thrives:
Flat design is a minimalist design on steroids. It is about keeping the website simple, clean and modern.
Apart from this, the flat design makes sense. This is the reason why most of the clients prefer this for their website. Over all this flat design gives awesome experience to the users.
wistia.com is a good example for flat design.
Infographic is the best way to represent the data. It provides many information within a small space and moreover it is eye-catching. That’s why most of the business owners give more preference to them and asking for the same to the designers.
The given below infographic created by Gabriel Gianordoli is really an outstanding job.
The Typography takes the center stage of web design. One trend with type we can expect to see in 2014 is fonts with personality. The web designers are starting to search various fonts to add to their arsenal which add small personality and uniqueness to their web designs.
Arial is not just good enough because of the availability of high quality fonts at affordable prices. In the year 2014, the mix and match typography lead the overall web design layout. Typography is really a considerable way to present a lot of information without causing confusion.
Many websites are using 2-3 different fonts which make the page easier to read as well as more attractive. For example, check the given below images:
a) The Carpenter by Fenotype:
b) Kitchen Sink Studios:
c) VG Design and Branding:
4. Responsive Web Design:
The responsive web design is not just a trend, it is a website necessity. It is not exactly new, it really came into its own in 2013. Many popular sites are moving toward it, and platforms like Tumblr, Squarespace and WordPress offer a ton of great responsive themes right out of the box.
5. Websites showcase the better images:
Portraits really does a great job elevating an credible simple image to a central point of a website. The web designers have been pushing for better images for a long time, but they always had trouble on the client side.
The year 2014 will bring higher quality, more innovative and exclusive images because of multiple reasons: loading speed is faster than ever; pricing is affordable, access to the high quality images is everywhere.
6. Videos in place of text:
If there is a way to watch then why should you have to read? Videos are becoming easier to produce, and easier to share not on your website, but on the social media websites.
Some people argue that the videos don’t belong on a website homepage due to the large amount of data and take more time to load (especially on mobile devices and internet with data caps). Videos are one of the effective ways to communicate something technical or new when words just don’t cut it.
7. Long Scrolling Sites:
Everyone become comfortable with scrolling through a website to find and read information. Now with websites using more design techniques such as responsive web design, increased white space and long scrolling sites they now start to appear again.
A good example for long scrolling sites is Macaw’s website. This site organizes the content well. It doesn’t seem boring because the layout changes up throughout most of the users don’t realize how far they are actually scrolling the page.
8. Dropping the sidebar:
This is especially for blog or any magazine type websites. Many of these websites are experimenting with dropping the sidebar all together. It allows for more visual impact with content and is easier with responsive web design.
9. Paralaxx effect:
Parallax scrolling websites showcase one of the hottest new trends in the web design. This Paralaxx effect creates 3D experience while scrolling down the page. With the help of new technologies like HTML5, it is possible to have a little bit of fun with the browser effects.
10. Short presentation videos re-emerge:
The presentation videos will re-emerge in 2014 because of the Vine explosion. The 6 second videos are more likely to go viral, because they are easy to make and everybody seems to love them.