Archive | October, 2013

Web Design Trends could be Transient or Lasting

18 Oct

Remember Web 2.0 and Geocities? Thinking of flat design? The first two were design trends of years gone by; flat design is trending right now. Since the existence of the web, trends in web design have come and gone, like all other trends in many fields of man’s endeavor, especially clothes fashion. The life span of web design trends depends largely on their popularity and functionality; some stay for a short while, others last for many years. The word ‘trend’ means movement/development/inclination so it shows the way things are moving in the web design world and what shape they may take in the future. In this article we will look at the pros and cons of new trends as well as some examples of what is trending right now.

Keep Up with Design Trends… Because of their advantages, designers must keep abreast of all the latest trends. Through these trends they will know in what direction web designing is heading and what its future will be. This helps businesses to keep up with the latest design movements and if need be they can tweak their designs to make their users happy and satisfied.

…. But Look Out for their Disadvantage too

The problem with trends is that no one can predict when they will cease to be trendy! Since designing a website is not as simple as designing a shirt or skirt, completely reworking a web design entails much time, energy and money. A fresh trend can become obsolete overnight and that’s the biggest disadvantage. Many people are not happy with certain trends. With regard to a certain design, they may feel that everything looks the same. This is true of flat design. Also, some people feel that certain trends don’t encourage creativity and so inventiveness is discouraged which harms the design process.

What’s Trending Now: Flat design is in vogue right now. It can be described in other words too, like ‘simple’ or ‘clean’ design. This is because the flat design does away with many ‘decorations’ like textures or 3 dimensional effect or gradients – it is, to put it simply, flat and therefore clean and precise. It’s interesting to note that some web technology biggies use this style of designs. Apple (iOS7), Microsoft (Windows 8, Skype and Metro for example) and Google (product design) have all adopted flat design trends.

Smaller Trends: Blurred headers in background have also been trending of late. In this design a large header at the top of the page is blurred so that text can be overlaid on it.

Responsive Web Design: As its name suggests, it responds to changes in the web world and accordingly tweaks its design. It’s not really a trend and has been around for quite some time.

Web Typography: Is also more of a feature or style that may differ from web to web. It is usually used for text – and focuses on font styles, size of text and everything connected with that. But it is a vast field and a designer can create some truly amazing sites with a bit of creativity. Designers can get access to many tools that will provide them top quality fonts to enrich their design’s typography. Some of these are: Fontdeck,, Typekit, Google Fonts and H&FJ cloud.typography.

Summing Up

Web designing is sometimes a personal choice but at times you have to go along with the trend. Many factors come into play when a designer has to make the final decision. Ultimately what the public thinks about it matters the most and then a designer cannot impose his will on them to be popular. But originality and creativity of a high order will always count and be accepted and so designers can choose to ignore trends and chalk out their own, individual paths. If you want to keep up with the latest trends in web design and get your site developed by experienced designers, contact Spinx Inc. , a web design and development company based in Los Angeles. Their skilled designers will meet all your requirements.