The World Wide Web is changing as you read this, and 2014 is yet another year for innovators, image-makers, and bloggers to create ever-new web design and high-standard content. Here are a few of the most prevalent web design trends we’ll see this year.
Responsive – Nowadays, both responsiveness and seamless browser compatibility is all the rage. More web designers are on a quest to provide the so-called “ultimate” user-friendly experience, churning out layouts that can be viewed practically anywhere – on a desktop computer at home, or on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet on the go.
Content first – What’s a good layout without interesting content? Keep people hooked to a site, but take note that you can’t rely entirely on visual design, but rather also on quality image and content that people will actually find useful. When people stick around to browse on your site, you have to make them feel, at least, that it’s worth their precious time and undivided attention to do so.
Flat UI – UI means User Interface, and when it’s called flat, it actually is – the design conveys simplicity, without the unnecessary decorations, shadows, overpowering textures, gradients, and three-dimensional effects that do nothing but distract the audience. Flat UIs are designed to enhance user experience by getting the web pages to load much faster.
Big content blocks – It’s been scientifically established that people perceive and process information much faster and more efficiently with graphic aids (tables, schemes, diagrams, etc.) Big content blocks are great for both responsive design and storytelling purposes as they effectively focus the readers’ attention on one statement at a time.