The world of websites and web design is ever changing and design trends, as with anything tend to come and go. Websites have changed a lot over the past few years and on the whole, for the better. I love to keep up to date on the latest trends and have implemented some of the better ones into several of my clients sites already and will be incorporating them into future projects as required.
If your website could do with bringing up to date, or you need to start out with a new website for your business, drop me a line and we can discuss your web design needs further.
So, here are a few of the 2014 web design trends I have noticed (and approved of) taking over in 2014;
1. Responsive websites are becoming the norm now. With so many people accessing online content from a phone or tablet, the days of designing just to accommodate different laptop/desktop screens is a thing of the past. Responsive web design basically means that your website is created so that it looks and works differently (optimally) depending on the screen size it is being viewed on, be it a 22″ desktop screen or a 4″ phone screen.
2. Big, beautiful images are now much more common. Full screen, high quality, creative photography can transform a website into something amazing. With pricing and quality of stock images now much more affordable, ever increasing internet download speeds and a push from designers to use awesome images, this trend is set to stay. With bandwidth and internet speeds impoving exponentially, we also have the opportunity to use of full screen video backgrounds which look awesome when done right, but usage should be carefully controlled so users don’t zap their phone data plan when they open up your website.
3. 1 page websites have been around for a while now, but they are as popular as ever and for the right company a 1 page website offers a great solution. As the name suggests, the website is made up of just one (usually longish) page. Navigation is optional, but is usually included so that the user can jump to specific sections on the page without having to scroll down manually.
Such as site is easy to navigate, simple and intuitive and as long as your content is carefully designed a 1 page website can provide all the information the user requires. Clear formatting, concise text and clear messages make for a great 1 pager. Cut down the pages and pages of information if it’s not really needed and give users the quick user experience most need and want.
4. Infinite scroll loading allows the more images/content to load on the page as the user scrolls down the page, without the need to “click to load more”. The iamges only load as and when the user needs tem and so provides a btter user experience and minimises wasted bandwith usage. The or image-heavy websites like Pinterest and Google+ photos. This happens because Internet is becoming more and more visual. While content still rules, pictures attract users’ attention. Most image-oriented websites on the web use infinite scroll to provide better user experience.