In a previous article, we mentioned the first 5 web design trends of 2014: layouts, typography, minimalism were few of the highlights. Let’s delve even deeper into the trends that defined the web design industry, in the year that almost passed.
CSS animations and 3D transition effects
Ambient Video Backgrounds
In 2014, the ambient video backgrounds were considered that pizzazz that every exquisite website should have. However, it seems that developers loath this trends, from various reasons: it doesn’t bring any added value to the content, slows down the website, and raises the bounce rate (yes, some people cannot stand that horrible incoming train noise from your video). Therefore, this feature lays somewhere between tantalizing new trend and obnoxious UX-detractor. However, customer is the king, and if everybody seems to like them, designers are forced to adapt to the trend. With the rise of HTML5, the website is no longer a static experience, the visual flourishes, creating a more immersive user interaction and a pleasant background atmosphere for users. Here you can check some quirky, fun examples.
HTML5 Video Players
Responsive image galleries
These were the hottest web design trends of 2014. Of course, the list is still open (crafty CSS3 image caption effects, mega navigation menus which expand to hold large chunks of content, focused landing pages, browser games, etc), but there is a lot more to be expected in the future. The forecast for 2015 web design trends is even greater: we expect a higher focus on speed and users, material design and mind-blowing typography. Stay tuned!