The Web Design trends for 2011 are yet to unleash. But, to look at 2010, it was all set with new horizon, and hot trends of design industry. Though, not a drastic departure from 2009, there was a definite shift in design aesthetics.
Even if you were not the part of the movement, be encouraged to dabble into these trends.
You may ask “Why”? Trends help designers to push forward and discover – What is next or what needs to be explored for perfection? In fact, ideas behind design trends are more important and designers should recognize it aptly. It helps you prepare for the coming seasons and of course, improve your site response rate.
Let us take a quick look what made web design trends of 2010 so popular?
Sketch or Hand drawn designs
Well, it is not exactly a new concept, but we know – it is still on the fringes of web design. Sketch in 2010 was more elemental part of corporate design. It was more of creating personalized standard web copy than fulfilling main focus of web design. However, it was not a smooth sailing for the traditional designers.
Many designers appreciated such designs but suffered from “I can’t really draw” attitude. However, such designs convey sense of closeness and improve the gap between web and personal interaction – The ultimate goal of Website development.
Large Headers and Over-sized logos
2010 has to keep an unforgettable impression on visitors. And, it did it well with over-sized logos and matching large headers. The header could take up to the entire screen but leave an important message (the catch line) for the visitors. The idea was brilliant. Visitors need not to face clicking phobia. Just a simple scroll down and the message were convincing enough to the visitors.
Slab Typeface is a good visual treat to readers. Though, it has been used in traditional media for quite a long time, for Web, it was relatively new. Slab typeface is a particular font style where all the letters are capital and bold – to create a strong impact.
Initially, designers were reluctant to use it, as smaller logos and headers seemed understated. With new trend towards larger headers, slab typefaces got brave expression.
One of the most innovative, difficult and fresh design alternatives in 2010 – Typography simply rocks. The concept of mixing font sizes, twisting and moulding them to fit your purpose were unmatchable. Correct placement and creativity was all what enticed the readers. No need of overloading the site with tons of images and your job is done.
On page layout
The idea of single page message was challenging. However, it was rewarding too. In 2010, the approach was more minimal and seemed perfect for personal profile, blogs.
2010 Designers had a comfortable journey with humongous size images. It helped them using big statements in designs and conveys site’s voice.
These were the latest add on, virtually everywhere in 2010. Modal boxes look like pop up and are easy to design and use. Designers realized this well, and it has a great future too.
The year showed – Flash is no more an annoying web design application. In fact Flash designs became more relaxed and professional last year. As visitors are getting more web savvy, Web designers moved towards the redeeming elements of flash. The days of interactive design are back in track.
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