Web Design Trends for 2014
As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to evaluate the trends of 2013 and start looking towards the future. Just like fashion and cuisine, Website design changes with the times, and each New Year brings fresh, innovative ideas and designs to the table. What was cool, trendy and stylish last year – may look a bit old and outdated in the years to come.
Flat website design and flat icons will be the talk of 2014. Microsoft has already adopted “flat design” for Windows 8 and by Apple for iOS7. Even the iPhone and Windows Phones have “flat” themes. A flat design embraces a 2-dimensional look and feel on the monitor’s screen – which rid the older attemps to create natural graphics and icons for a minimal approach to Web design. Drop shadows and texturing will be replaced by simple icon design and bold colors that will create a crisp and clean online web appearance.
Code Free Design
One of the most exciting trends for 2014 has to do more with the code and how a website functions (mechanics) then the overall look of a site. “Code free design” has been what the Ponce De Leon’s of the web have been looking for, and they have discovered the fountain of youth. There are companies that are developing design studios that completely eliminate the need for code and make it easy for anyone to design a responsive, functional website. Code free will be a major game changes and is poised to make Website design easier, more efficient and more affordable – unless you pay 524 million for a Healthcare.gov website that fails to function on a large scale.
Single Page Design
Looking back, most websites display their content on a number of various pages. As we continued through 2013, we have started to notice more and more sites adopt a “single page”. This puts all of the pages on one page where a visitor can scroll. This is become more common with news, blog and non-profit sites. However, this may not be the most practice method for e-commerce Websites.
Screen borders and page margins may well be a thing of the past. The new trend is to implement full-width background images or videos that will fill the entire screen. Text is displayed over the graphics – creating an eye-catching and user-friendly experience online.
Responsive Website Design
This was big for 2013, but look for 2014 to be the year of the “Responsive Redesign”. With over 50% of all internet connections coming from mobile phones and tables, having a responsive Website that works across all browsers and platforms is essential. Responsive Web Design (RWD) intends to fix the issue by incorporating code that will automatically allow a website to reconfigure itself based on which devices is accessing a site. Having your site responsive will attract and keep more visitors on your site which will make websites more productive and profitable.
(You can read Jordan’s article: “Why Responsive Web Design is a Must for Business“)
With 2013 coming to a close and 2014 offering some promising changes in web design – the future of Web design is evolving. With flat designs and icons for your Website’s facelift, 2014 will offer new tasks and new opportunities for the go-getter web designer.