2012 has come to pass and 2013 is here. Time to set new goals and start new trends.
In 2012, the dominant theme in web design was minimal. Many of the trendy and modern designs people turned to for inspiration were clean and simple with a minimal design. Web Design Ledger’s Best of Web Design in 2012 list is a great example of what we have seen this past year.
So what should we expect to see in 2013 you ask? Here’s what I think:
The trend that began to emerge the last half of 2012 and that will continue to explode throughout 2013 is Responsive Design. I believe that responsive websites will be the new norm. With the continued growth of the smart phone and tablet markets, more and more website traffic is coming from mobile devices.
By having items of varied heights and widths meshed into a page, instead of having rows of items with the same height, creates a unique look for a website. Many photography websites are starting to use this effect well including the WP Theme PhotoLux and I believe this trend will continue strong into 2013.
To create a masonry grid on your website, checkout the jquery plugin called Isotope.
One of my favorite Masonry style websites right now is PressGrid. Check it out:
This is the new navigation trend. Parallax scrolling doesn’t just make navigation simple, it also making scrolling kind of fun. This effect adds depth to a website as you see the top layers overlap one or more bottom layers of the site.
If you’re interested in creating this effect for your website, check out this post: 7 jquery Parallax and Scrolling Effect Plugins.
Fixed Header Bars
Always having your header at the top of your site isn’t something new, but it is starting to become more and more common. This effect helps improve site navigation and improves the user experience.
Here are a couple examples of sites that use this effect well:
So what do you see as emerging trends for the coming year? Do you think we got it right? Let us know in the comments below.