It may be hard to believe that another year is coming to a close, but 2015 will be here before we know it. In a world of ever changing website design trends, it can be hard to keep up with the latest happenings. However, it is critical to be on top of these changes so that you can stay ahead of your competition.
The following details just a few of the most important website design trends that will dominate in 2015 to give you a leg up in your industry.
In 2014, responsive website design became the new norm for Web design in general, particularly WordPress themes. Responsive design is an approach to Web design that offers an optimal viewing experience on multiple devices. It became the new norm seemingly overnight, but it is not likely to go anywhere any time soon. Mobile Web usage is well on its way to overtaking desktop Internet usage. This trend is only going to increase in 2015. If you haven’t adopted a responsive design yet, it’s not too late to implement one.
Traditionally, beautiful fonts and typefaces have been costly, which means that you only saw typographic heavy Web design from large corporations. However, type kits are now readily available and often very affordable, or even free. This means that virtually anyone using a WordPress theme has the power to make a type-centric design look modern and professional. Also, as part of the move to responsive design, Web designers are finally making type responsive so that text no longer appears small and squeezed together as it has on many prominent sites for the past decade.
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Once upon a time, bandwidth limitations made it tough to display large images, particularly on homepages. However, as these problems diminish, new options are coming about for using images in website designs including extracting dominant colours for backgrounds, responsive resizing, and optimising images for minimum server load.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to create a distinctive website is to showcase stunning content. What better way to accomplish this than to display a large image for the background? You can use blur and colour filter overlays to “float” the text without hindering site usability. With the image as part of the overall design style or philosophy, it doesn’t feel like a gimmick. Instead it comes across as both powerful and elegant.
There has been such a surge in scrolling animations over the past year that most people don’t even realise how often they encounter them. These animations allow people to scroll instead of click to navigate through the content. With less page loading, transitions are smoother and information keeps flowing, increasing site engagement as much as 70 percent. Scrolling animations are particularly effective for product presentations. You can showcase your product in 3D, demonstrate its benefits, and tell a little story about it, all within a single page, reducing the risk of the user losing focus on the product at hand.
Over the past five years, infographics have become a popular method for sharing large quantities of complex information, notably data, succinctly and effectively. Recently, thanks to increased design, technical, and hardware capability, Web designers have taken this concept to a new level and started to use web graphics. Typically, webgraphics have more visual appeal than infographics and include interactive elements, which greatly increase user retention. When users have the ability to interact with graphics, they make discoveries on their own, which allows them to take away more from the experience. Infographics help people focus their attention while webgraphics use a narrative thread to walk users through the information and reach a conclusion.
Are you concerned because your website isn’t up to par with these website design trends? Start with areas of your site that are most in need of updating. Then set up a schedule to address smaller issues over the following six months.