Seeing as 2011 is starting to come to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what I see as being hot trends in web design for 2012. Last year, Shannon posted her predicted trends for 2011. There are several similarities between last year and this year’s predictions but some new ideas as well.
I also checked outCPR Enterprises and their predictions for 2012. Our ideas were aligned in several ways. As a web design, it is important to be aware of what great things are coming to the future of web design and development so this is an important topic.
Until the end of the year, I will be posting blogs on 2012 web design trend in my list. There will be plenty of examples (and design inspiration) with each post. We hope you enjoy reading about 2012 web design and encourage you to give us your feedback and samples too.
Here are the design trends I will be blogging about in the coming weeks:
1. HTML5/CSS3This hits the top of my list! HTML5 and CSS3 are still in the development process. I am very impressed with what has come out of these coding advances so far!
2. Design Below the FoldLately I have been seeing a lot of beautiful graphics near the footer of websites. The graphics are either very colorful or blend into the background. The help anchor the website design, give balance on the page, and reiterate important links and information.
3. Responsive Web Design/Fluid GridsMobile compatibility is extremely important this year. There are more smart phones and tablets than in previous years and it is a steady growing change. Making sure your website looks great in any platform is becoming more and more important, and the options for coding for these platforms are also becoming easier to implement and test.
4. TypographyTypography makes things a little more interesting, right? Sometimes, standard fonts look okay for certain websites. Most of the time, however, a little typography can make any website stand out. There is a balance between using a creative font for highlights and an easy to read font for the main body of information.
5. Large High Quality Photograph BackgroundsI have been noticing this on a lot of websites lately. Large photograph backgrounds definitely grab they user’s attention, but are they too distracting?
6. Social Media IntegrationSocial media definitely is not going away. More and more websites are making it easier for users to share the information on their Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
Single page web design with anchor tag navigation is still popular. These work bests on sites that do not have a lot of content.
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