Web design is an ever-evolving world of craziness. Every year brings in new techniques; they soon reach the peak of popularity but fade into oblivion by the time we are ready to embrace the next year. However, some web design techniques remain firm because of their impact and effectiveness.I think 2013 is the last time we are seeing the homepage sliding banners. Perhaps, this year will also mark the end of the flash intros, circular script logos and extensive fill-out forms. Now, it is time for web designers to advance forward and start embracing the hottest web design trends that will surely have a bigger influence in 2014.Responsive DesignIn the world of web design, “going mobile” is the most popular catchphrase today. The rise of Smartphones and Tablets is the reason more and more people are preferring mobile Internet to desktop Internet. A website needs to open and function properly when viewed using mobile devices. As a result, it is crucial to merge a website with responsive techniques. These techniques make sure that a website gets optimized for a variety of screen sizes and resolutions.
Flat DesignAlmost 90% of all websites before 2013 used heavy textures and drop shadows to create a 3D experience. This design practice of creating 3D effects on a flat surface is ‘skeuomorphism’. Web designers used to think that skeuomorphism helped in attracting a greater number of visitors. And they were not wrong either. However, the tastes and preferences of modern web visitors are not the same anymore. Now they find a “flat” website on a flat surface more appealing. Flat web design makes sure that a website has a minimalist interface, uses strong lines and no gradients.Neon PaletteWeb designers cannot use heavy textures and drop shadows to make a website look visually vibrant. So, what is the solution? Instead of creating 3D effects, web designers are using the neon color palettes (such as, the glowing greens and the hot pinks) of the 1980s to make a website pop.CSS TransparencyCSS or Cascading Style Sheets help in determining the formatting and appearance of a document. But what is CSS transparency? This web design technique is relatively new, but it already has an immense fan following. In this technique, every unnecessary element in a website gets moved to the background. The elements stay in the background without causing any hindrance to the main content. Thus, it becomes easier for web visitors to find what they are looking for without getting distracted.Parallax ScrollingParallax scrolling was once a popular web design trend of the 1990s. However, its comeback is one of the most talked-about incidents. This technique splits up the background and the foreground of a website instead of showing a single plane. Then, the images in the foreground start moving at a faster pace than the images in the background. The entire effect brings out a smart imitation of the 3D effect. In fact, parallax scrolling introduces the ‘wow’ factor that makes a website look stunning.
Single Page DesignOften used in tandem with parallax scrolling, the design of a single page website is actually very simple. It is about pouring all the images and the content on a single webpage. It is different from traditional websites where visitors reach a different webpage when looking for specific information. In single page websites, all a visitor has to do is scroll down to find the information he wants.Every web designer is rooting for these 6 trends. It is, therefore, fit to say that we can expect to see these trends more often in the coming years.