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6 Web Design Trends To Expect in the Future

I’m going to share with you 6 predictions I expect to happen for web design trends during 2013. There have been many new design trends over the past few years and our website design agency tries to stay up with numerous trend in order to enhance the overall look of our clients websites. In the past, trends for website development companies were more focused on the integration of the rich media but now, the latest web design trends seem to be more about usability and appearance. The following are my expectations for design trends that will take place in 2013 as well as some web design trends to avoid during 2013.

Prediction 1: Sites Designed With Typography In Mind

Typography and Fonts in Web Design

Web design companies have a ton of fonts available to choose from over the years. Moving forward, though, choosing the typography will no longer be a minor decision as we move into 2013 as it will become more imporant to the overall design because now instead of trying to choose attractive pictures, designers will try to enhance the beauty of the site via typography. In summary, our prediction is that we expect design companies to give more attention to typography and will be included in the foundation and implementation of any new website.

Prediction 2: The Use of Responsive Design

Desktop and mobile devices vary in screen size and other proportions. My prediction is that more attention will be made earlier in a website design project to make sure that the responsiveness of the site is based on the design and not the vast variety of devices out there. The idea of forgetting about the size of devices will help drive better responsive design. Responsive web design will eliminate all these problems because of its ability to respond to the size of the device being used. With responsive web design, web designers do not need to create a separate layout for mobile devices and for desktops. A single design will work seamless on all devices. This trend will make things more convenient for designers.

Prediction 3: The Use of Large Visual Imagery For Designs

More and more websites are using large images on their home page to make a visual bang that drawers the user into the design and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. It’s an excellent way to capture your visitor’s attention and it can look great when done properly. When blended into your layout, this design technique can give your website a major edge in marketing. Companies know this (ex: Apple, Blackberry, Gateway, Logitech), so I predict this trend will continue through most of 2013.

Prediction 4: Content Remains King..But With More Focus on High Quality.

Without content there is no website, so content will remain a high priority which is also due in part to responsive web design. Additionally, more focus will be made on creating high-quality content for websites. Designing, writing, publishing and social sharing will help content keep its crown, while responsive design will be responsible for the delivery of that content.

Prediction 5: More Use of Vertical Scrolling

Another prediction for 2013 web design trends involves mobile devices and the usage of vertical scrolling. Although horizontal scrolling can be difficult on some mobile devices, vertical scrolling is more appealing because it works whether the page is viewed in portrait or in landscape. Remember to verify that your menu is coded to scroll down with the page, so that the user does not have to scroll all the way up to the top of the page to navigate through your website.

That being said, there is no reason to add them everything at once. You can progressively update your website to include these newer design features. Implementing a few new design features keeps your visitors engaged and coming back.

Prediction 6: Say Adios to Flash

 

adios flash  Not much of a surprise here. It’s highly evident that Flash is on its last leg moving into the early goings of 2013. It’s bad for the SEO of a site, many mobile devices don’t support it (Apple? Unless you have an app like SkyFire), and it is a pain to update and takes up a lot of computer resources. Additionally, there are many other technologies out there that can do what Flash does now (ex:. JavaScript, HTML5/CSS3, etc.). Since Flash is already on a downward spiral, I predict that we could see the end of Flash in 2013 as fewer developers are going to use it.

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By Brad Fogel