It’s always important to design according to what’s current.
Whether you’re designing a brand new site or updating your old one, keeping up with design trends is a must. We’ve read up on David King’s design trends for 2014.
Here they are:
Design for a range of different screen sizes
Designing for mobile phones these days is just as important as designing for desktops. Start designing for a small mobile screen first, and then for more wider screens. Use a responsive design on your website so it will suit a range of different screen sizes.
Lately, web designers have been designing more minimalistic and simple looks. Make sure your design doesn’t overpower all your content. Make good use of white space as it can help to emphasise your content.
2014 sees the continuation of websites leaving Flash behind, and making more use of more modern languages like CSS3 and HTML5.
This means creating blocks of content, similar to Pinterest. This type of design only suits certain types of websites, such as when all the content is equal in terms of importance, so be careful where you use it.
The use of big images is a current web design trend, and will continue on into 2014.
Web design is “colourful” these days. On google it is quite unclear as to exactly which colours are trending though. Use a website like Adobe Kuler or Colour Lovers to help choose trending colours for your website.
Video will grow in importance even more in 2014. Having videos on your site is a great way to provide your users with visual content for your site.
This shouldn’t be a trend anymore, but rather an absolute must to integrate onto your website. It is a highly useful way to allow your viewers to engage with you at all the online social places.
Big and bold buttons which are easy to see are a huge trend. Make them large and easily noticeable for the user.
Navigation that sticks itself to the top of a website is growing in popularity. This can be a sticky navigation bar at the top of the page, or social media plugins that stick to the side of the page.