Website design is ever changing. We are constantly seeing new ideas and technology to change the standard for a well designed website. In some cases concepts we’ve seen before are being tried in a slightly different way to great success. The increase in web browsing on mobile devices is changing the approach and making good design more important than ever.
With this in mind, what are the next big trends for web design coming in 2015? Here are 3 we feel will be at the forefront.
Responsive Layouts Will Become the Primary Focus of Web Design.
Developing a mobile site alongside a desktop site is an outdated and cumbersome approach. With the influx of tablets existing mobile and desktop specific designs are unsuitable and don’t efficiently use the tablets screen space. The answer to this is a responsive design. A responsive design is one that “responds” to the screen or window size that a website is being viewed in and gives users the best possible layout. While this is not a new concept in web design, it is one that will become of paramount importance moving into the next year and beyond. Read more about responsive design and view some of our portfolio sites. This site is also Responsive if you haven’t already noticed!
Flat Design Gains in Popularity.
Another change that has come with an increase in mobile web browsing is the realization that attention grabbing three dimensional effects are distracting and detrimental to loading time. All the “popping-out” or “sinking-in” on pages quickly overwhelm users’ eyes and cause them to lose focus on what the website is trying to communicate. Flat design by comparison is more simplistic, but is a better user experience. As a bonus, they are more lightweight and reduce load times which is very important for mobile browsing. Our site is an example of flat design. Here are a couple other good responsive, flat designed sites:
Typography Becomes an Important Website Design Decision.
With the ability to load whatever font is desired, and layouts becoming flatter it will become a dominant feature of a website’s design. While there may be tons of “pretty” fonts to use not all of them are readable, at least not paragraph after paragraph of it anyway. This will require designers to use some discretion and restraint. It is perfectly okay to use that loopy, flourishing font for logos, headers and accented text in a site, but it shouldn’t be used everywhere. The majority of a sites textual content should be a solid, legible, easy-on-the-eyes font so the user doesn’t end up with a headache while reading. With more font choices than ever designers will be able to thrust typography to the forefront and make it an important aspect of a sites design without compromising loading time. Here are a couple of responsive, flat designed sites with good use of typography:
This list is by no means all-encompassing when it comes to the new trends we may see over the next year, but we think these will be some of the biggest. With Five Technology, you have the ability to capitalize on these trends and any others that arise in the industry. Contact us today to update your site design and give it a fresh facelift.