Each year, the technology world is abuzz with new games, applications, internet trends, and more. One of the areas where trends can be seen greatly is in the area of design. 2013 can expect to be the same with many different designs changing and trends shifting. The following explains more on the ten game changing design trends for 2013 and what you can expect.
Responsive design is not new to web design in 2013. However, there have been very strong efforts in this area of design and application that are meant to enhance the viewing and web experience. The result is an increased or enhanced responsive design schematic that many designers are utilizing and expected to be utilizing in the coming months. The enhanced design feature will allow for pages to better correlate and correspond to the devices upon which they are displayed. This means that content will not be lost as the page moves or is shown on one device over another.
There are always designs in graphics each year and 2013 seems to be the year of the large homepage image. The goal is to draw attention and people in to the site via a perfectly placed and oversized image that sends a message about the page. For that reason, this trend is expected to increase throughout 2013.
Skeuomorphic designs are ones that are unique and highly wrought with unnecessary coding. These pages go for uniqueness but often this makes the design hard to duplicate. As a result, it is one with little transferability and difficulty becomes wrought when it must be duplicated. 2013 is expected to see less of the skeuomorphic and more of the UI design options, making it easier for duplication and response.
Native applications are those that are created and coded in order to run on a particular platform or device. These applications have great quality but are limited to that individual platform. For instance, it would take recoding of Apple game to go to Android and vice versa. In past years, the applications have taken on this recoding quite frequently. This year, though, it is expected that native apps will grow while hybrid fade away.
Social media continues to be a growing and moving trend in design and in the greater technological culture. This year, design trends focus on the social access of pages. Specifically, widgets are being added to pages that allow them to have more depth and connectivity with others. Connecting pages to social sites is a growing trend with the use of these page add-ons. The viewer can share what they are seeing quickly and, thus, give the page viral status. The result is more of these widgets on pages in 2013 design schematics.
Design trends have ebbed and flowed when it comes to the color schematics use. Some sites lend themselves to the bold and bright while others have held back. This will always be the case but designers tend to progress in a more consistent way. That is, there is often a bright v. soft debate yearly. In 2013, the trend appears to be one that is rooted in the soft. Soothing colors are being chosen instead of the overpowering ones and this is to entice, rather than overwhelm, the traffic on the site. The more relaxing a page is, the more likely it is for return views and more soothing colors can help with that.
2013 is a year where not only soft or muted colors are the dominate feature of web design but also white. White is a color that is used to show the absence of something. For a webpage, it is often the absence of text or picture. The result when more white space is used is a look and feel to a page that is more streamlined. Expect more of this streamlined approach in 2013 and more creative in the fonts used.
One of the biggest design trends for 2013 will be in the way in which content is derived for sites. There was a time when content on many sites was about quickness and access, rather than quality. This is not the case anymore. Content is becoming more versatile, well-written, and ever changing to stay relevant. The result benefits the web traffic because it allows for the most current of information to be displayed.
The old static black and white text should see a downward trend in 2013. Instead, the designs on webpages will be all about movement and fluidity, even in the text. Designers are leaning more toward taking the traditional fonts on pages and making them more upscale with design and graphical elements that have them breathing new life into old pages. The result is a more dynamic page that provides more in the way of display value.
The kiss of death for Adobe’s flash player came when it was not uploaded by Apple onto newer versions of its products. The multimedia tool used to display images and videos was seen as not compatible or not worthy of making the mobile Apple phones cut as a native application to the phone. The result was a decline in usage all together. Though the lack of installation did not cause the Adobe flash to begin its decline, it did not help any upswing. Adobe is already rolling out the Edge which is a multimedia tool used for HTML and website coding.
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