Some more website design trends we’re experiencing in 2014

Website design trends are constantly evolving to enhance the user experience. Spending some time browsing websites will start to highlight various trends in design. We’ve put together some website design trends in 2014 we’re sharing with our clients.

  1. Navigation: With mobile responsive design becoming a necessary feature for websites, there comes a growing trend for large navigation menus that expand to links and large blocks of content. This is particularly true for websites publishing large amounts of unique content, web forums and online magazines for example, giving readers a broader choice to navigate through your site.
  2. Search: There has been a growing popularity with expanding search bars, for example, you click on a magnifying glass and the search bar expands to allow you to input text.
  3. Portraits: This is particularly great for portfolio websites. There needs to be a focus on our work samples and a bit about yourself, but to really keep people interested you need to form a human connection, a photograph of yourself is a great way to do this. Keep it classy and simple, black and white is always a great look.
  4. Image captions: Using text captions for images showcasing article thumbnails, portfolio items or photographs etc. helps visitors to further connect more information with the image.
  5. Flat design: The use of flat design has become more popular, particularly for elements as buttons, using text and box shadows or round corners.
  6. Unique fonts: The use of unique fonts and font-based icons can help your website stand apart from the crowd.
  7. Landing pages: Deeply focussed landing pages is particularly popular within industries such as smartphone apps, mobile games or open source scripts. It allows visitors to learn more about the product before buying it.
  8. Image galleries: Be creative with how you present you image galleries. There are no boundaries, particularly with the integration of CSS and JavaScript, developers are able to produce exceptional new ideas. This could include image lighboxes or dynamic carousels or an elastic dragging effect to switch between photos – search round on a range of websites both within and out of your industry and see what works best!
  9. Featured details: Often found on the homepage, a featured detail list highlights the main points of a business and are usually accompanied with icons to illustrate these points.
  10. Grid layouts: Pinterest is a great example of this. Many websites appear in the usual streamline fashion, however grid layouts are becoming much more popular. This does depend on the purpose of your website however, as the user experience needs to come first. Using a grid style layout will condense everything into an easy to read format and will not require as much space on the page.

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