4 Web Design Trends for 2015
Yes, I know, it’s already 2015 – what use in discussing new trends for the new year when we are this far inside it? But trust me – there are still too many websites that are behind the trends of this year (or the last, or the one before). It’s never too late to get up to date with what your visitors expect from you to offer them (not to mention customers!). Here are a handful of reminders on what you should implement to be in trend this year.
1. Flat and minimalistic
The popularity of flat design, both at the user and the builder end of the web, has become increasingly popular. The time for 3D seems to come to an end – instead of drop shadows and fancy graphics visitors seem to develop a taste for clean, flat and almost minimalistic elements, such as links, icons and illustrations. Building a website with simple, flat elements has many advantages for the developer – it’s more easy to scale and it looks great on a variety of screen sizes, from smartphones to big-screen smart TVs.
2. Boxes are gone
Web design has reached a point where it needs to break out of the box – literally. Although the rectangle is still the basis of everything we build – the only round screens today are on smart watches, and all HTML elements are rectangular – there are several design strategies that are becoming popular across many websites that don’t want to conform with this rectangular model. The use of trapezes, rhombuses, circles, or even irregular shapes, giving the page a sometimes skewed, but always innovative look and feel.
Breaking out of the box is a thing in 2015, in more ways than one. I hope I’ll see less websites like the collection of red flush mobile casino games – with boxes over boxes.
3. Big visuals
Websites always had elements with loads of unused space, and most of the time no option on how to use that space for expression – pages with a login form or requiring visitors to subscribe. Today these spaces have found a new use through large scale visual elements – a big picture, or even a background video (strictly with no sound) – to make these pages transmit a visual message to the visitors. This style is being used on other pages, too – large scale images with small elements of text and navigation on one side, appealing more to the sentimental part of our brains instead of its rational parts. And it looks great on large screens!
Remember how hellbent users were when Microsoft introduced its live tiles? It might not work well on a desktop computer (although it’s a considerable success on smartphones and tablets), but when it comes to websites, tiled designs are surprisingly appealing.
Tiled website designs are impressive and responsive, still breaking out of the traditional box model.