Web design trends for 2014
It’s May already and we’ve been keeping our ears to the ground to see what the likely web design trends for 2014 are going to be. There are loads of different suggestions as to what 2014 may bring in the world of web design and development but we’ve done a quick round up of just a few of the predictions.
Several sources across the net are suggesting that web design trends for 2014 will see a rise is the number of fonts available with a bit of personality. As more and more designers experiment with typography and are no longer afraid of using anything other than the core fonts like sans serif, we’ll begin to see some really creative fonts bringing web pages to life and adding an element of personality and uniqueness.
By now we all know that if a website isn’t mobile friendly or responsive you risk alienating and missing out on a massive mobile market. So, one of the biggest web design trends for 2014 is responsive web design which is becoming more common and increasingly offered as standard by designers and developers. This also means that those working behind the scenes are really considering the user journey when using a mobile phone to browse the web and tailoring functionality to really excel on mobile devices, rather than just re-sizing or re-shaping the desktop view. This functionality includes things like social media integration, long scrolling sites that we’ve come to expect on mobile devices and fast loading sites to help make the web a better experience via mobiles.
Hero images are set to become a focal point for many home pages and this is going one step further with developers embedding videos into them. Videos are much easier to produce than in years gone by and social media is rife with videos and clips as they’re a great way to explain something when words just don’t cut the mustard. Video platforms like YouTube mean you can track analytics in the same way you can page views on your site etc. so you can use this information to better plan for the rest of your site.
What’s in and what’s out in terms of colour is constantly changing, grey is the new black, navy’s the new grey and some are saying that now black is now the new, well black. It’s thought that this year will see more websites using a much simpler colour palette of only one colour, two at the most. This will include different hues of a colour and some are using just black and white with one other colour to add a bit of drama.
Integrating social media feeds into a homepage will become more common, offering short bursts of content like on a Twitter feed. This is down to our attention span’s getting shorter and we expect to be able to consume information faster than ever before so designers will have to compensate for this.
Images are said to expect a bit of a makeover too, getting overlays and effects you might expect to see on the likes of Instagram. HTML5 is also set to animate different and more parts of a site. Websites looking for the personal touch are likely to lean towards the trend of personal portraits as a hero image, again perhaps with overlays and effects.
The use of flat UI elements are becoming more widespread with CSS3 allowing designers to create flatter looking buttons using things like shadows and rounder corners. This could even extend to form inputs and navigation menus.
We always like to keep our finger on the pulse so will be keeping a close eye on web design trends for 2014. Our designers and developers combine their years of experience with knowledge of up-to-the-minute trends to make sure we create future proof and effective websites.