“Flat design is a newish term for both print design, web design and mobile operating system design. Flat web design refers to a design form that does away with busy-looking patterned textured backgrounds, drop shadows around lettering and boxed sections within a web site.”
Words are about being heard, and what better way to get noticed than with something visually appealing. Typography combines the attractive lure of images with the hard-hitting meanings of text to form a truly encapsulating experience, allowing users to feel the way you would like them too when they read your text. Click here to see some examples.
Most times, when someone visits your website they are a reader on a mission. They don’t want to fumble through tangled links or scale walls of text to reach the golden nugget located in the heart of your domain. Just like walls in the real world, walls in the virtual world repel visitors. A real easy way to tear down these walls is through the use of simple icons and graphics. A good article on this topic can be found here.
An enriching user experience creates happier costumers. The use of emotional design can go far in creating a costumer experience people will tell their friends about for months. We all like exciting things! Click here to read more and shrink your complaint box!
“Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Octave & Octave, Octopus Creative, Taasky, Chicester Design and Supper Club App.”
There is good webdesign and then there is over design. Over designing a webpage can distract users from what you are trying to say and often times attract critics to your work. While fancy techniques like Parallax scrolling can make for interesting effects, it should not be used to overshadow content, but instead it should support your content and emphasize your points. Here are some examples of design gone wrong.
As devices get higher and higher resolution screens, the crisp and clean design of web pages becomes even more important. Ascetic appeal will drive traffic to sites and often times change how people feel about a product, company or service. To see these trends click here.
“Design can make or break web and mobile startups these days. But the problem is: It’s not always clear how to improve the design of web sites, mobile apps and connected devices. Is it just about making them cleaner, more streamlined, and less cluttered?” — Rani Molla
Featured here are great examples of the use of videos as headers. It’s interesting how much can be said by a simple animation rather than text. This kind of feature not only sets a mood for the site but also brings a sense of liveliness to the user’s browsing experience.Check them out here.
“Following on from my recent showcase of websites featuring full screen videos, today’s post looks at the sub-trend of big video headers in web design. HTML5 and jQuery make it easy to add dynamic video content to your site without bogging down the browser with Flash.” –Chris Spooner