2012 – Top 10 Web Design Trends To Look Out
The ranking formula of search engines includes a parameter not much of us are aware of. It’s the website design; the look and its speed. Year 2011 has seen boom in the area of website design, thanks to easier learning resources. According to technical pundits the race for the latest design is likely to continue in 2012. A keen eye got us top ten trends likely to appear.
Most of the websites will see interaction based design. User will not waste much time navigating the menus by opening each link instead the design uses drop- down, pop-up and side fly-out menus to speed up the process. Sites engaged in form filling will try to cut the user time by incorporating automations like validation check and name availability. These animations can be achieved by JQuery and MooTools freely available.
HTML5 and CSS3 Standards
The new HTML5 and CSS3 will create space in the website standards rack as their predecessors XHTML and CSS. They will provide additional benefits of drop down shadows and round corners. A very important change observed in websites created under their label, will be removal of dependency on flash player (not supported by apple products).
The websites that are constantly monitored when it comes to pooling updates will see a rise. Users have always been biased towards websites which are fresh and serve new content. Websites related to services and companies are the one that are losers when it comes to rejuvenating and they keep on repeating the same old content. 2012 will see introduction of new portal namely ‘updates’ or ‘new’ within the websites that will serve the hottest and the latest.
Premium WordPress Themes
WordPress themes have worked as a God father for new designers and with WordPress 3.0 it has showered all new features. Now within the theme you will find support of customization, admin menus and article images. The new templates are so decent yet flashy that a hope lingers that even professional websites will see use of WordPress themes.
The print media, specifically magazines, have made recent appearance on the net with their online editions. The page can well be spotted with their home and writers column. This website design is unique of its kind and is common with website holders of same genre. This kind of design is likely to become common view where half the page will support a big picture and rest will jot down point wise updates.
Websites which have large text content will undergo a makeover by adding pictures in form of thumb nails. This will end the monotonous nature associated with text based websites. Thumbnail preview of texts will flash the content and helps in catching attention of the user over other parts of the websites.
Fonts will be a reason of concern in 2012 web design battle. Most of the websites will make use of advanced typography features like Typekit. The design makes it easier for end user to have support of the font irrespective of the fact they have installed or not.
Slide shows will beat any other trend in website design. They offer a chance to focus on the best from what is inside, in just a glimpse, holding the user on the website. Many online forms and activities will see a guide procedure supported by the slide show where screen shots will help user fill in the content or work as tutorial. Company’s websites will make use of the effect animated with available customizations to demonstrate their plans or strategies. The animated effect works wonders against text representation of the same.
You must have noticed some registration boxes appear above the main screen with effect of darkening the background. Yes that’s exactly modal pop-up boxes! They received huge appreciation past year and will see only growth. These boxes save time of opening another page for logging in or registration purpose and likely replace normal registration pages.
Listing will see point wise guide lines in a sophisticated look. The whole menu will be enclosed within the list. These lists are mostly placed at sidebars and have an all new appearance with CSS designs.
Website design definitely matters a lot not only for ranking but for the namesake! End user ultimately changes the game and to keep them satisfied continuous design updates are required. The ever expanding and growing trend will feature most of the above design trends in whole or semi avatar.
About the author: Claudia is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and technology. She recently read an article on hybrid cars that attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on lotus evora.