This is traditionally the time of year when blogs and articles start to fill up with various web design predictions and expected trends and today’s post is no different.
This week’s search of the web found my interest piqued by a few predictions, one of which stated that an apparently old design trend will be making a return: the use of circles. In short, where a site has a photo or image, it could simply be made circular. Coloured borders and blocks of colour could also have circle designs incorporated into them and the few template examples I saw leads me to think that it could work very well.
Parallax scrolling is another design trend that looks promising and there are some excellent examples to be found on the web. Parallax scrolling gives the illusion of 3D as website images move around the webpage at varying speeds. It’s an interesting look but as with anything artistic, it will suit some and not others.
Single page websites with sliders is another area I posted on and at first glance, there are no obvious visual differences between a slider website and a standard brochure-type site. Both contain pretty much the same thing; graphics and copy but with a slider site, a click on a menu option will see the content slide into view from one side into the centre of the page whilst everything else on the main page remains as it is. I think these will catch on but again, it will be website visitors that give it the thumbs up – or down!
Finally, we come to mobile. There’s not much I can add to this because as predictions go, this was bang on the money but I suspect not even the most far-sighted thought it would become what it has. I’m only going to attempt one prediction for 2012 but only because I think it’s a fairly safe one – mobile will grow even bigger. I don’t think many will argue with that.
Until next time.