Responsive Web Design

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Technology is in a state of constant change. As it evolves, both graphic design and web design continue to change to meet the needs as well as the trends of the audience it serves. Trends in web design change so fast sometimes it can be difficult to predict exactly where it may be going. But staying on top of both website optimization and web design will mean keeping up with the latest trends and changes. A website is designed for the user, not the search engines and therefore it is important that users find the most current features. Designers commonly try to keep up with the changing trends. Here are some of the trends that we are likely to see in web design in 2013.

Responsive Web Design

There has already been a shift toward responsive design with all the recent changes in the ways users use technological devices. As it continues to move toward the use of mobile devices, web design specialists have to make the move to responsive design as well. A responsive web design is compatible on any format because it responds to the type of format that is being viewed. This saves the web designer from having to create separate websites for different viewing formats. Using a responsive design will save web designers a lot of money and time.

Large Buttons

There are two key features that are essential in pleasing users: efficiency and usability. With the increased use of mobile devices comes the increased need for “touch & tap” buttons to be efficient and usable. In 2013 trends in web design will lean toward making buttons bigger. There aren’t too many things as frustrating as tapping the wrong button simply because they are too small. Designers are going to move toward making the size of touch screen buttons larger since fewer individuals are using a mouse for clicks. The downside to this is that using larger buttons will also require the use of more graphics which may slow down some websites. Designers will have to find a way to increase the size of buttons without slowing down the site.

Typography Designs

There are a good number of web designers leaning toward the use of more spacious and simpler web layouts. This means that they are getting very creative with typography and many sites are solely using type to communicate well designed images. There are many different fonts which can be used to help them achieve the desired look. In 2013, using typography is going to become an important and useful part of a site’s design. Creative images will be made through the use of text and typography will be used to enhance a site’s design. Designers already consider typography to be the foundation of a website, and in the coming months we will see much more creativity in its use.

Trends in Scrolling

An internet user wants both convenience and usability and if they have to take the time to scroll both horizontally and vertically, especially on a touch screen or mobile device, it will have neither of these qualities.  In 2013, the trend will be to use vertical scrolling as horizontal scrolling can be very difficult on mobile devices. Vertical scrolling will work properly for the user whether they are viewing the page in landscape or portrait. Over the next few months we’ll see the disuse of horizontal scrolling and increased use of vertical scrolling. Along with this switch, we will see more of a new kid on the block when it comes to scrolling: parallax scrolling. This is a growing trend being used on interactive websites which allows elements to scroll on different lines which creates a 3-D effect and makes the object appear to be mobile. This is very entertaining and captures the attention. These are the latest trends in scrolling that are likely to become the norm in the next year.