Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends To Watch Out For In 2013
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User interface design is one of the most complex topics when building digital products. This rings especially true for website layouts, trying to match navigations and content styles for a successful user experience. These design trends aim to point designers in the right direction.
This topic was my first point in the 2012 trend article, however I feel that responsive web design has been changing to ultimately come to a threshold where layouts are designed to match all forms of digital media. The idea is to support all devices from laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, and anything released in the future.
Along with responsive support for website layouts I have also seen a dramatic rise in people building for retina devices. Apple first engineered this idea with the iPhone 4 and has since applied this screen display onto their other devices, including the iPad and some MacBooks.
Fixed Header Bars
Using the CSS position: fixed; property is a great way to staple a header bar onto your website. As visitors scroll down your page this will offer constant support for navigation and a trip back to the home page. This trend has been around for a while but now we are seeing this in full force.
Large Photo Backgrounds
Photographers or even fans of photography will definitely enjoy this design trend. I have seen countless showcases discussing the ideas of big oversized photography in the background. Itís an excellent way to capture your visitorís attention and it can look great when done properly.
The new CSS3 properties have allowed for opacity edits on any webpage element. This means you have control to generate transparency in any modern web browser Ė no Photoshop required! This trend of web design transparency was recently discussed on Codrops with some very enlivening talking points.
Minimalist Landing Pages
Anybody who has spent some time researching markets will understand that selling on the Internet is just plain smart. You have access to a large consumer base from anywhere in the world. Additionally you can sell products which are not even physical, such as videos or creative resources.
Sliding Webpage Panels
Social Media Badges
Marketing is one of the ultimate determining factors in a websiteís success or failure. Social media and viral marketing are exploding in many different websites. Digg used to reign popular in this domain but has since conceded to rivals like Reddit. But these are not the only two popular resources for sharing stories online.
Infinite scroll loading has been around for at least a few years. But this technique hadnít really hit mainstream until this year and Iím sure it will continue into 2013.
Pinterest has adopted this loading technique for their layout and it works beautifully. You can search anything and the results page will continually load as you scroll down. Pagination is basically a non-issue and doesnít even work as a detriment into the user experience. Talk about designing for simplicity!
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