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The 10 Hottest Trends In The Web Design & Development Industry

If you are ready to make a mark on the web and your new or first ever website is in the pipeline, you would be visiting countless of websites in a month to get some inspiration. So what kind of impact does that leave on your view of a good website design?

Besides the W3C standards which are in fact constantly expanding and innovating, Dezine Geek too is seeing and experiencing new design and development trends being introduced to the masses.

Here is our selection of some show stopping and appealing web design trends which are making waves of popularity today.

1. Flat UI Designs Are IN

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Flat User Interface is what bringing web application and websites to life these days. It is a mix of fun and smooth colors coupled with total simplicity. Although Microsoft has been into Metro UI for a fairly long time, Apple introduced its Flat UI design first with iOS 7 and now in iOS 8 beta. 

We believe that Flat is going to stay and evolve into something more dynamic this year and the next too. Above image from Munch (Flat WP theme)  

2. Large Hero areas take over sliders

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Large hero areas have become a big trend of web design today. This term, which has been borrowed from the print media was previously the “intro area”, often having a small image or slider with very little text. Now they are running rampant in some of the best websites as big and bold and taking over the websites which used sliders.

Whether with a simple blurred photo in the background with text in the middle, or a more elaborated one with illustrations, large hero areas are attention grabbers and continuously becoming very creative. Consider Bryter’s larger hero area (image above) practice as an example.

3. More Focus On Responsiveness

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Although there has been quite some debate on responsive web design vs  mobile app and which one is the best, but responsiveness have now been around for fairly long. Strictly speaking, responsiveness has become a standard now, being the best and the most enriched alternative for making websites device friendly.

However, we believe that there is still room for growth in this sector, considering designers who are introducing new art to their responsive websites.

4. Videos Where There Used To Be Text

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You can only write so much before people realize that they can process the same information interactively in the form of a video and without reading.

This is because the video content is cheaper and easier to produce and surely we are going to see more of them, especially when it comes to showcasing your product or introducing it to the world.

Same goes for websites which opt for interactive videos as a background. Have a look at the media boom page (image above), there retro style background tells the story of their business. 

5. Minimalism Sidelines Fluff

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Besides Flat which hints towards minimalism without all the fancy colors, minimalistic and simple web design has been emerging already. One of the main reasons for minimalism is the huge emphasis that has been put on content and content only. 

Simply put, minimalism in web design is the future as people will not stay more than a minute to find something that has been hidden behind the fluff. (Above image from mecre)

6. Your Personal “Branded” Typography

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Fonts have been evolving for the past couple of years and they are available in a surplus amount. For example, consider Google Fonts, which offers hundreds of diverse fonts for free. However, now there is a trend setting among designers who are using more personal and “brandable” fonts for a change. 

“Brandable” fonts mean only one thing that the website which uses them is sending a message that they are independent and free from other’s opinions on how to run their business. (Above image absinthe font)

7. One-Page Scrolling/ Long Scrolling

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Why put content on different pages when it can be served from a single page? Single page website, the name it goes by now is “long-scrolling” or “one-page scrolling”. Its use has now evolved and lets visitors view all of your pages by vertically scrolling up or down. (Above image from an online health service infographic)

One-page scrolling can be taken as a trend which has made its comeback, or maybe it just never left. Anyways, One-page scrolling is showing signs of popularity in the web design community and we are constantly running into businesses which are taking full advantage of this trend.

8. Fixed Navigation & Social Media Themed Sites

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Think of the fixed navigation layout, as your Facebook wall, no matter how far below you scroll, the menu or in other words navigation sticks on top of the screen so that you can easily access your notifications, messages & profile etc.

This style of navigation bar is emerging quickly and there are a lot of creative uses for it as well. Fixed navigation is often dubbed as Social media themed websites and they tend to make the user experience seamless and more accessible. We will be seeing a lot of this advancement not just now, but in 2015 as well. (Above image from Virgin Racing)

9. Dumping The Sidebars

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 Now you don’t need to have a sidebar on every single page of your website, instead focus more on the full width content pages and incorporate widgets which scroll-out sidebars from the side of the page when needed.

Although you would need to do some coding in JavaScript, or jQuery, but this feature is still quite simple to implement and gives you more website space to utilize.

10. Parallax And The Other Similar Crazy, Cool Stuff

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Parallax websites take an interactive story telling approach to guide visitors through the site. This is generally done by making the background of the site move slower than the foreground as you scroll down. This renders an impressive visual effect which allows for countless creative applications for online storytelling.

Parallax websites are often categorized under one-page scrolling sites, but we have seen plenty of websites that present single parallax images keep the visitor engaged and scroll through the entire image. Here is an excellent example of a Parallax website www.boycoy.com. (Above image)

Plus, expect similar things to hit the web in the coming times, such as the use of HTML5 in animating different parts of a website (see ’’Tobi’s Story’s website”). The subtle scrolling timed in tune with animation is the cool stuff and it will continue to evolve in 2014 & 15.

At Dezine Geek, we closely follow the latest web design and development trends and we do not advise what we ourselves haven’t followed or implemented.

So if you have achieved the inspiration or the plan you needed, but say you need some assistance with its execution; feel free to contact us and we will help you with your website.

How to be a Design Geek (Dezine Geeks best design practices)

A good design isn’t always just about good looks. It should also perform with same efficacy, should convert and also keep on astonishing web visitors which is one of its main purposes. At the same time a good design should also be innovative or it might just get the job done; says Dezine Geek.

Inspired by Dezine Geek, I have always kept a close look on their habits and operations while they are busy doing, what they do best; Web Designing & Development. I have long kept a list of what I thought should be things to look upon while designing web application, however what I was missing was sequence.

Upon my request to know the best practices while designing or being a designer, I was bestowed by an ever expanding list of tidbits by Dezine Geek, which I believe Web Designers & Developers out there can find very useful.

So do you want to rock your Design the Dezine Geek way, read on below to see what are the best practices of Dezine Geek while designing & hand-coding websites.

Never Claim To Be A Guru, Always Learn & Improvise

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Even if you have been working as a designer for ages and that your personal portfolio consists of some great master pieces, you should still never call yourself an expert, let alone a Guru. Calling yourself a “Design Rockstar” or a “Development Guru” concludes your online sales pitch with great many doubts. And if you are posing to be one and something goes wrong with your work assigned by a client, this can get fingers pointing at your image as a designer.

Let people recognize your worth through your work and let the quality of your design speak for itself. A well-presented portfolio can be your best arsenal but then again if you are a learner, hopping and excelling into new technologies and improvising your skillset, will always get you appreciation from clientele looking to acquire your services.

Don’t Hesitate To Innovate, Be Creative & (Borrow Ideas)

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Every great design is made through innovation, but every innovation at some point has a borrowed idea, a fascination or idolization of something as great. Although, every great designer isn’t great right from the beginning, it’s just their innovative skills getting toned up with time- But this one secret is what very few of them accept.

Innovating something new, equally or more greater than its predecessor idea or fascination is a talent. In other words, this is called creativity. In web designing, creativity is the holy grail of innovation. It is an art that takes the very best of designers into procuring something new and far more astonishing while abstaining from plagiarism.

Even Steve Jobs, Founder of Tech Giant, Apple accepts the fact as:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”.

Be A Critique But Appreciate A Quality Design (See Point 2)

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If you see an exceptionally great web design, or let’s say a website, don’t just start shredding it to find any possible design loop holes or development bugs. Appreciate its details, bookmark it and take notes on anything new you learn from that design.

No doubt, it’s tempting to contemplate, what you could have done, or how you would have toned the details given the opportunity to design the same website. But, taking notes on all the innovative features of the website is even more useful. The next day if you get to make a website of same sort, you can churn your creativity faster and as mentioned above- with the notes in hand, you can make websites even more wonderful.

Maintain Your Library, Don’t Just Bookmark, Save Screen Shots As Well

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Your creativity, innovative skills and design ideas aren’t going to spark on their own, or come as revelations, so research more and more to get a grip on what’s in trend and what you can do make something trending.

Researching, studying designs from all over the alcove and stashing ideas are food for thought for every designer and keeps their creativity flowing. So maintain a library of every amazing design and artsy thing you see on the web. Bookmark websites you seem to like and want to come back to for ideas and more researching. You can also save screenshots which is useful especially if you are designing for cross gadget compatibility.

Don’t miss out freebies, they are Free!!

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Sometimes an intrinsic detail to your design piece can come from the common most examples on the web or what if you could use that same common example to make a rare master piece. So never miss out freebies on the web, thinking that they are common and could be in possession of every other designer or developer out there.

Whether it’s a free theme, a template, free subscriber images from icon finder or iStock, illustrations or even just wallpapers- bag them all and as said previously, make a library. Down the road, you’ll be amazed to have new ideas and designer intuitions just from a free image you saw and collected.