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06 Aug 7 web design trends for 2014

Last year, web designers had a great time with lots of new ideas. Some sank, others took off and created a permanent impact. The trends that made a big impact in 2013 will become house-hold names in 2014, while emerging trends continue to get polished and refined by designers everywhere. So what trends do we have before us in 2014? Let’s find out.

1. Flat design thrives


If you thought this was just another fad, then you were mistaken. Flat design, is minimalist design on steroids. “I want to keep it simple, clean and modern” are words you often hear out of most clients’ mouths. Why use flat design? Because it makes sense. Less clutter, more use of white space and overall a better user experience. It forces designers to achieve more by using less and for that, we consider this to be one of the trends for 2014.

2. Responsive designs are a must


This is becoming a standard, no question about it. Clients will ask for it, developers will learn the coding requirements and then subsequently push for it. The reasoning is simple: demand. Since smartphones and tablets are selling like hotcakes there is huge marketing potential. You’ll see even your smallest business owner talking about it because they’re seeing responsive in action on other sites.

3. Websites begin to showcase better images


Designers have been pushing for better images for a long time, yet they’ve always had trouble on the client side. 2014 has brought higher quality, more creative and unique images because of multiple reasons: pricing is affordable; loading speed is faster than ever; access to high quality images are now everywhere.

4. Parallax websites grow in popularity


Long gone are the days of the 960 pixel website that had to work great on IE6. It’s all about the impact and making a BIG statement. Parallax design achieves that successfully with its scrolling mischief, powerful imagery, and strong and creative typography. You will see more and more of this in 2014 especially from big brands

5. Infographics are one of the best ways of representing data


Infographics present a lot of information in a small space, they’re eye-catching and they don’t cost you your lifesavings. These days, thier all business owners ask for. The end-user enjoy infographics for a few reasons themselves, they usually have a personality to the data — they’re quirky. Infographics combine typography, bold color schemes and shapes in a way that intrigues viewers. Fact is, we’re absorbing loads of information and we love it. It has and will continue to be used more and more in 2014.

6. Typography is starting to take center stage


Tired of Georgia, Times New Roman, and Helvetica? Well say goodbye and welcome to 2014 — the year where typography gets serious. With the avalanche of mobile apps our eyes have been exposed to all sorts of typography goodies and has had a major factor in our font usage expectations. Fonts like Arial are no longer good enough because there are an overwhelming amount of fonts at our fingertips. Typography is the vehicle through which we communicate tone of voice, age, gender, emotion and the user is accustomed to them.

7. Fixed navigations come in with a bang


There was a time when designers felt the need to over-design just about anything on the page, including the main menu. Thankfully those times are gone, and we no longer need to look for a flash menu hidden under a ribbon somewhere on the side of the screen. 2014 is here and navigation bars should be available at all times! If you’re dealing with a content heavy website, then a fixed position sidebar or top menu will be the logical approach.

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Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organising and manipulating of words and pictures. ~Jeffrey Veen

— Diligent Designs 2015 Web Predictions