Web Design Trends for 2014

Typography & Iconography

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 FontsAdobe and Fontello are creating in-browser web fonts and icons built for any and all screens. 

Sidebars As Fixed Navigation

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. 

Data Integration

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.

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Flat Design

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.

Wider Websites

With the emergence of large screens and responsive design; wider websites will be more common on the web. This also comes at the hands of greater usage of javascript frameworks to truly build web sites as web applications.

Print Aesthetics - Digitally

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.