A lot of people ask, “What’s the latest in web design?”. Web design has changed a lot of the last 10 years in ways we can only be very happy about! Well, mostly. In 2012 we are more focused on designing websites that work well with different devices (iPhone, iPad, Android), rather than the 2002 nightmare of trying to get a simple website to look the same across Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator (remember that!). As web designers, we are more focused on the end user than ever before as technologies are working together better than ever, giving us the tools to not just to design a website, but to create a great experience! Hallelujah.
There are a few key trends that have been kicking around in the past year or so that are now starting to really become mainstream. Rather than re-defining them here, I thought I’d pick out some great articles and blogs that have done a great job of that already. Enjoy!
Web Design Ledger – Key Trends
- Responsive Web Design
- Ribbon Graphics
- Big Vector Art
SocialH – key trends:
- Mobile Compatibility
- No More Flash
- HTML5 / CSS 3
- Big Images, Big Fonts
Webdesigntuts+ – Key trends:
- Responsive Design
- Grid Systems
- Large Typography
There are a few common threads here, the most glaring ones are Responsive Design, Large Images, and Large/Interesting Typography. The wonderful advances in browser technology allowing better support of CSS3 is coming to the fore.
To finish off, I came across this fantastic article published by Smashing Magazine today. Symptoms Of An Epidemic: Web Design Trends is a very funny piece about how web design trends grow and feed off themselves. Great job guys!
With all the recent press lately about the HTML5 video vs Flash wars, Adobe has come up with a nice new solution. Introducing the HTML5 Video Player from Adobe. Rejoice fellow web designers and clients alike!
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Finally a better mouse trap! I’m excited. Not that I have a mouse problem. Even if I did, I have 3 cats who would sort that out quick smart. Meow!
But for those who don’t have access to a cat and who hate to hear that “SNAP!” in the middle of the night, there’s the new OneDown Mousetrap, judged a Gold Award Winner by global design experts at the annual Fast Company International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) awards.
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Steve Jobs announced the new model iPhone yesterday at the World Wide Developers Conference. Steve made the bold statement “This is going to change everything… all over again.”
One of Magnetik’s long standing clients, mypure.co.uk won the New Media Age (NMA) magazine’s site of the week. New Media Age is the UK’s bible for the internet industry.
We’ve been working with mypure.co.uk since 2004 developing their original branding and online store. We completely redeveloped their online store in late 2007 and have been making regular additions to the development since. Features include product reviews, the latest beauty news, a product selector, a Twitter feed, and eKomi customer ratings.
The mypure website scored 77/100 in the review. Some interesting comments were made by the reviewer. There’s always room to grow! Check out the full review here.