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Web design has come a long way since the very early days of the World Wide Web, and it’s still constantly changing. From being easier to access on smaller mobile devices to having more flexibility than in previous years, life for web designers has changed drastically over time and will continue to do so.
Seven Web Design Predictions for 2014
To help make sure you’re aware of the future that’s coming, we’re going to go over seven specific predictions for the world of web design in 2014. (Be sure to come back next year and see how well we did with all of them!)
- Responsive Web Design – This is very popular right now, but it can quickly cause your file sizes to become huge. Because of this and the complexities involved, look for designing a website to be accessible on multiple devices to become easier thanks to HTML5 and other things like the latest version of CSS.
- Larger Fonts – Because a lot of web designers are thinking about mobile devices and smaller screens, you can expect to see larger fonts all across the web to make it easier to read content on the smaller devices. Of course, if you’re using responsive web design, this isn’t really necessary.
- Simple is Better – This has been true throughout the history of design, but it’s going to become even more important in 2014 and beyond. As Google and website visitors expect sites to load almost instantaneously, it becomes important to simplify designs so that they load as quickly as possible.
- Content First – The mindset in the past has always been to design the website first and then stick in the content as an afterthought. In 2014 and beyond, this is going to change as content is becoming more and more important. In the future, designers will be handed copy and told to design around it instead of the other way around.
- CSS3 + HTML5 = This powerful web design combo will become even more useful in 2014 for many reasons. As both HTML5 and CSS3 evolve and the bugs are worked out, designers have tons of new possibilities open to them. Compare this to the early days of designing for the web with tables and pixel manipulation.
- IE8 Dies – This has been a long time coming, but as Google and others have stopped designing for this ancient browser, it’s going to fade from existence. Some people are still going to use it because they don’t know any better, but most people do a good job of keeping their modern browser updated.
By knowing what’s coming, you’re going to be in a better position to design something that people find pleasing no matter what device they’re using to visit your website.
Written by: Maegred Mithi has some experience with Panasonic Lumix CSM cameras from her last job doing web reputation management. Now she spends most of her time writing.