A new year is always an opportunity to look back, reflect on your work over the past year and the trends in the industry and develop a strategy for the future. In web design, with the ever changing developments in new technologies, the future couldn’t be more exciting and the anticipation of what new developments will take place this year is even more exciting!
So, what do you think 2011 will bring to web design and development? If you want to stand out and help shape the direction, our advice is to be fast and flexible in embracing the use of the new technologies. And, if you are on the design side, to deliver a responsive design, while keeping it both effective and functional.
At CodeMyIMAGE, we believe it is important to understand the close connection between trends in web design and web development, how they interact, and how each is determined and impacted by the other. We are ready for 2011 and want to share our vision of the future of web design:
- HTML5 and CSS3 will continue to gain in popularity. With the new functionalities of HTML5 and CSS3, more designers and developers will proceed to implement these technologies into their web designs. This trend will definitely bring the web to a more structured semantic level, and will push other trends to follow suit. For example, major internet browsers will be racing to support new features, and stay compatible with new technologies like HTML5 and CSS3.
- Responsive web design is also a new major trend. It encourages designers to make their web design more fluid and adjustable to new popular internet devices, such as smartphones. Mobile websites are already gaining competitive advantage for businesses, so web designers will try to keep up by optimizing websites to mobile standards, or creating mobile web design.
- Speed and simplicity of design remain very important. Looking deeper into this phenomenon, we can see it is a trend that is fed by the new mobile web design direction– web designers have to get more creative with less in order to deliver a more impactful and effective design.
However, these trends are not the only directions we have seen gaining recent popularity on the web. We think there is a lot of space in web design to be filled in by technology innovation, improved standards, or new aesthetics.