Webdesign Trends to be Aware of in 2013
Webdesign trends can be hard to keep track of simply because they change so fast. To help you keep abreast of changes, here are some exciting new trends that sites are using more and more:
Responsive Web Design:
In the past, most websites just had a version for desktop computers. Then with the advent of mobile devices, you had different versions for desktop and mobile. Now, with responsive design you can wrap them all in one with simple media queries. And now with the web market growing into more and more devices such as cars and televisions, a site will have to adapt to those sizes. To survive, most if not all future websites will have to be responsive.
With Apple’s new retina display, I predict many computer manufacturers will follow suit. Not only are images clearer, but text is beautiful and easier to read. Websites definitely have to take this into consideration since retina displays will show standard images as grainy. With a retina display, you have to double the pixels of a normal image to get the retina effect. Hopefully more and more companies will hire professional photographers to create a more beautiful web.
With mobile devices on the rise, and speed and performance being an extreme priority, flash is getting slowly pushed out of the scene. For all the reasons explained in [ flash post ], you see less and less flash being used on cross platform sites. Flash still does have it’s place ( for now ) though. It’s still used for video players, games and banner ads, but as good often shows us on their main page, anything is possible with HTML5.
Designers need to know more:
In the past, Graphic Designers just needed to know a few programs (Illustrator, photoshop, etc), but now they need to know way more. Graphic designers that know code, web standards and what will happen to their design once coded will ultimately create better sites because they’ll know the capabilities of the web. I suspect that we’ll see more multi-talent designers rise while designers that can only do one or two specific things fall behind.