Web fonts used to mean a handful of glorified print fonts that were simply digitized for the screen. Icons help strengthen communication on your site by adding images that have meaning. If used along great content, it helps visitors digest information more efficiently. Foundries like Awesome Fonts, Adobe and Fontello are creating in-browser web fonts and icons built for any and all screens.
As we move toward an age where apps govern our life, websites will be taking on a more interactive approach in their design. A growing number of sites are using the sidebars (the left side being more common) as a fixed navigation.
With data integration we will see more designers and developers alike use toolkits like D3.js to bring data directly into their web design. Instead of creating data visualizations in other software and uploading them onto a website, data-driven elements are part of the web page from the start. The end result is, crawlable interactive data, meaning data can be found through a search engine.
Flat design is not just a trendy design concept, it is also a minimalist approach to content. Flat design elements can highlight specific calls-to-actions, allows for easy navigation, and is free of clutter placing emphasis on content rather than design. As a web trend flat design has it's benefits.
Brining print design online. It’s no surprise publications in the print industries that once ruled the world are taking the print magazine aesthetics and transforming them digitally.