As we begin 2014 we’re expecting that the new year will bring new web design trends. Here are 3 that we’ve picked out from web design bloggers for you to enjoy:
Collis Ta’eed has predicted that WordPress will continue to prove the dominant CMS in 2014. Whilst new technologies and trends will inevitably emerge, WordPress has established a dominant profile as the world’s leading CMS.
“It’s very hard to see WordPress doing anything other than continuing to dominate the open source CMS market. Its position feels unassailable thanks to a heady combination of usable software, massive community, and constantly improving product.”
With WordPress powering websites for The Wall Street Journal, Ford, Pepsi, Adidas and the BBC, it’s clear that the way we perceive WordPress has radically shifted. It’s no longer simply a blogging platform but the pre-eminent CMS. However, with WordPress maturity rapidly over the last decade, we’re expecting 2014 to bring fresh competition for user-friendly blogging platforms. Ghost is creating quite a stir, and we’re sure that other tools for creative writers will emerge.
Joseph Howard reckons that 2014 will be the year of copy. With many businesses investing heavily to improve the aesthetic quality of their website design and branding, standards have improved greatly in the last 18 months. However, underneath the visual layer it’s the quality of your content which will stand out:
“There’s been a whole lot of study into imagery and its greater ability to gain attention over text, advertising is testament to this. However as users are continually bombarded with hundreds of images a day while browsing the web, the eye becomes desensitized. A true intellect makes judgement on content not context, and in 2014 this will become more prevalent.”
We’ve found that our clients are becoming increasingly focused on creating both context and content. In other words, we’re designing beautiful websites and helping our clients to populate their site with awesome, compelling content.
Wix have signalled the death-knell of tile-style website design as made famous by Pinterest. Whilst this might be a little premature, we’re anticipating that in 2014 web designers will be tightening up on the user experience that their website design provides:
Not every type of content works with columns and tiles. Site visitors need to be able to read the website’s content in an orderly manner that immediately clarifies your site’s purpose.
This will encourage a greater emphasis on clear storytelling and narrative flow that helps site visitors understand exactly what you’re offering. Start-ups and technology companies know that the ability to express ideas succinctly and powerfully is key to securing funding and early business. These companies are driving standards forward in the web design industry, and everybody else is going to have to work hard to keep up.