We live in the world in which barely anything is revolutionary anymore. For a revolution, you need to have a long period of a same old, same old, and then boom – something big changes. Today, things are in constant state of flux, of change that rarely leaves us with enough time to like or dislike something before it’s replaced.
Web design is a relatively new discipline and a true child of this era – what was popular on the Web of yesterday, in best case is barely even noticed today. However, every now and then, there are certain trends which manage to live long enough to establish themselves as worth mentioning. Here are some of web design trends for which it looks like they may just be the way to go this year.
Ok, let’s get Google out of the way first. When they introduced material design last year, it looked like a wonderful refreshment for the Web, with its bright colors and eye-candy animations.
Another important material design feature which seems to have even subtly changed the way information is presented to us on the internet is the much lauded card interface, which presents small chunks of information organized in beautifully designed cards. Material design is here to stay for a while – 2015 will see its full implementation across all Google services and further.
The simplicity of today’s web design paradigms does not mean that the websites are going to become just dull blocks of lines and colors. On the contrary, once the interface design elements got more subdued, this opened a door for photographs to come in and present themselves in their full high resolution glory.
Photographs as backgrounds are not such a new idea, but it seems that an increasing number of people chooses to use them as their main design element. This year, be on the lookout for even more of those.
The End of IE?
All over the world, wherever you try to find a digital agency – Sydney, Paris or New York
there will be a designer employed there who will hate Internet Explorer. This universal hatred came from the fact that for years IE hindered the progress of the internet by being the browser of choice for many people who didn’t know that updating software is a good idea. This meant that you couldn’t apply the latest technologies to your work, since you knew that a large chunk of your visitors will never be able to see them.
Today, however, it seems that our feelings for IE will become irrelevant. Microsoft announced Windows 10 recently, and in it – their new browser, codenamed Spartan. It remains to be seen if Spartan will live up to the expectations – which are to be totally unlike Internet Explorer.
Parallax and scrolling
Touch enabled devices have made scrolling a breeze, finally making it possible to spread the content across the whole length of the site and still know that someone will get to see it. This meant it was time unclutter page tops and make content more readable and prominent.
Putting more emphasis on scrolling also gave a birth to an interesting trend – parallax scrolling, which is essentially creating an illusion of page depth by have two layers of the background scroll with different speeds. Parallax creates that wow effect everybody likes to see on a website, and it looks like it’s here to stay for a while.
About the author: Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites.