Web design trends-2013
In this article I would like to consider some of the latest emerging trends. Many of these design ideas have been in the air for a long time. But I would argue that these ideas will flourish at the end of 2012. and during 2013. There are many open source projects and user interfaces offered online absolutely for free. This creates an environment where novice designers can quickly enter the competition and grasp trends on the fly.
Mobile First Design
The idea of responsive design is not limited to full-fledged websites that can reduce their size. The ideology of designers lying on the surface is to start with a mobile device and grow further. There is a great article published on DesignShack that talks about this idea.
It is often much easier to first plan the most important interface elements and fit each of them into the mobile layout. If all does not fit, some will have to miss. At the same time it would be possible to plan how to react to the markings on increasing the size of the window. You will have space under the side column-sidebar, maybe two sidebars along with a lot of other page elements.
A List Apart published a small book called Mobile First. It was written by Luke Wroblewski, and he put forward many similar ideas. The trend emphasizes the need to fill mobile interfaces as a priority among Internet users. Most desktop browsers will be happy with any type of markup as long as it works properly. It is much more difficult to consolidate your success on mobile platforms, so it is useful to start small, while planning a larger design.
Many social networks have begun to apply the effect of infinite scrolling to dashboards, timelines, and custom news feeds. This effect became a success due to the popularity of the unique style of Twitter And Tumblr Markup. Later, Pinterest also applied endless scrolling to its home page.
Designers may be primarily interested in why it is so successful. Of course, this ensures a “seamless” interface without reloading the page. But then it will be difficult for users to generate permanent links to different pages. And since this is true, the important question is that not every website will need endless scrolling. I think this trend works best when you can load information that does not require pagination.
For example, blog archives are not a good fit, because readers may want to go straight to page 15 or 25 instead of scrolling through multiple items. But for Tumblr or Pinterest, it’s a great idea, because information is constantly and dynamically changing. What appears on the 1st or 2nd page of your Twitter feed will update over time and thus Ajax speeds are relatively very noticeable. No one wants to click on the “next page” to download a subsequent set of tweets.
White space & minimalism
The terms “minimalism” and “white space” are overused. While it is true that these trends have been part of web design for years, it is also true that they have evolved in line with a new creative spectrum. Many websites use white space as a design tool, forcing users to focus more on the main content. But even very crowded websites can use white space in small areas to improve the perception of space.
Another misconception is that the whole “white space” should be white. However, the markup in dark colors also uses white space, and it is easier to understand this term as “empty space” of the page. These are the places where you leave a little space “for breathing”, do not create unnecessary heaps. This is often the case for large page elements, such as buttons or icons, or screenshots. Design portfolios can be filled with larger, larger fonts, leaving spaces for white space between headings and paragraphs. So much easier to digest the content, and the reader is not drawn to leave the page after the first glance at it.
Elements of natural design
There are so many changes to the CSS3 specification. The introduction of typographic text markup through @font-face and animation are just a couple of topics for discussion that can demonstrate advanced features. But even the basic properties of CSS3 have influenced the application inside the markup of natural design.
These elements can include rounded corners, block shadows, or background gradients with a flexible container. 5-10 years ago all these styles would have needed images. Now you can create a design layout completely in the browser using one CSS3 to generate the desired effects. 2013 will be the next year when the images embedded in the markup will be replaced by standard-compatible CSS properties.
I’ve always liked the Dabblet website for its incredible basic application of background gradients to every new page. This network application binds to the github Gist framework and allows developers to build small HTML/CSS prototypes in real time. The entire interface is completely based on CSS3 properties and you can easily see how far the trends have advanced in a few years.
We have already written before about large photographic backgrounds, and this trend does not slow down. In fact, I see more and more websites and portfolios launched in this design style. Website layouts can be customized to a particular feeling or emotion based on the selected colors and background style. Large photos are one of the ways to cause a certain emotional state.
I would argue that this trend is definitely not for everyone. However, in the right position, when you have enough space on the page, such a large background offers the visitor attractive aesthetics. The biggest problem is placing content into the layout where it would be clear to read. That is why it is best to use large background photos on landing (landing) pages of the company/Agency.
This unique style is also ideal for design portfolios and personal websites, offering a deeper connection with visitors. People who visit your website will be interested in who you are and what you do. It will be very nice to offer visitors a photo and briefly demonstrate who you are. Large photos can also be used to show your creativity – such as illustrations, vectors, or even your own photos.
Cleaner source code
The release of more CSS frameworks has allowed web developers to significantly reduce coding time. This means that you can use the right tools to build a whole website layout of 2 or 3 columns in a matter of minutes. This also means that less HTML markup is needed to achieve the same results.
Building websites on pure source code means that it becomes more streamlined, and often much smaller. This is good because smaller file sizes mean less download time for the server. Plus, accessing the markup for editing will be swift and concise without much difficulty. I learned a lot about pure HTML/CSS just by reading articles online and studying the sayings of other talented developers.
The two most important resources I would recommend are Github and Stack Overflow. The first offers a lot of free source code that can be downloaded and applied to website projects. The latter is a very kind community of developers who are happy to help each other in the “question-answer”format. These two websites offer good enough material to build a clean, readable source code for their websites.
By the end of this year we will surely “unearth” new schemes and ways of thinking related to web design. The community has grown to a global community with designers all over the planet. This means that all of us, regardless of the level of experience, have access to sharing and learning other people’s information. Indeed, there has never been such a convenient moment to enter the field of web design.
I sincerely hope that some of the above trends are able to offer guesses about the new designs of 2013. It’s probably impossible to accurately Express every single idea once it spreads across the community. To keep abreast of new products, you need to anticipate trends. Read new blog posts and tutorials to be aware of the latest web standards. In addition, if you have any ideas or suggestions, we would like to see them in the comments to the post.