5 web trends for 2014 that “have come to stay”
2014.02.14 by Sebastian Maier
Once again, the year is a little over a month old. During January, many web designers asked themselves which trends will probably leave their mark on web design in 2014. I have read and collected some interesting articles about that - you will find our picks at the end of the article - and wish to present the five most frequently mentioned web design trends for 2014, and explain why I think we will see them often in the coming months.
You can no longer imagine web design without the mobile web and responsive web design. I wrote about a related topic just last week too: An overview of responsive navigation and what you should pay attention to while handling them can be found here. The use of smartphones and tablets, not just on the go, but also as a second or third screen at home, is rising steadily. Whoever does not yet have a web design optimized for mobile devices, will tackle it during the next redesign. That is why we will certainly see even more of this in 2014.
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2. LARGE IMAGES OR VIDEOS ON THE HOME PAGE
Something is happening on home pages everywhere. In 2013, an increasing number of websites gave up the slider as an eye-catching element in the upper section of the home page. This trend will probably continue in 2014.
The position of the slider is occupied instead by large images or large-sized videos in the background with little text on top. New PCs, tablets, and even smartphones are having increasingly higher-resolution screens so that large images can have an ever-increasing effect. Directly integrating videos into the website became significantly easier thanks to HTML5.
3. FIXED NAVIGATION
With one-page websites becoming popular, the need for fixed navigation is also increasing. It makes it easy for the user to find the information he is looking for, no matter which part of the website he is in at the time. That is why we also used a fixed navigation while redesigning SMOOSTER.COM in January. Fixed navigations are also helpful while operating touch-controlled devices. Even on a tablet, one is happy not to have to scroll to the very beginning of the website once again in order to go to the next subpage.
4. FLAT DESIGN
Flat design was the big trend of 2013. The design of websites, apps, and, with the release of iOS7, even an entire operating system became flat. Flat design is producing both passionate advocates of the style and total rejection too. Not minding the faction, to which one personally belongs, it is highly probable that the trend will not leave us in 2014 and will grow even further instead.
5. INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS
What is your position on these trends? Which of them do you work with currently?