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Top Web Design trends of Summer 2013

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Summer has come, and the shiny, beautiful colors of it are gaining emphasis in the newest pieces of art by the designers worlwide. From shiny new colors, to happy pictures, and a lot of constract like in Youtube’s new HTML5 Design. Speaking of Youtube’s HTML5 design, i will show you how to do that too, but later in this article.

The majority of the design work i get contains the term “Responsive” in it, because people want their websites available every where from tablets to phones. Another one is using simple colors with small details that make them amazingly simple and beautiful at the same time, so we are going to reach the conclusion that  performance means 90% of the design work this year.

So let’s quit talking and start listin’!

1 – Fixed static bar

Fixed static top bars are the thing now. Support for them are included out of the box in Foundation and Twitter Bootstrap. For Twitter Bootstrap the code is fairly simple:

 < div class = " navbar navbar-static-top " >

 < / div >

And that is enough for you to be able to set up your fixed top bar. Most of these static top bars are either in white color as for their background, or a combination of two simple colors with a beautiful font for the menu. Make your logo text and you got a header that is under 5 kilobytes.

2 – Metro UI Design

The metro UI design represents a kind of design that is simple, and makes everything obvious to the most inexperienced users. It is based on simple color combinations (no gradients, no more than 4 colors) and it always encourages to make up for the lack of colors in beautiful and readable text for your users.

Metro UI was originated by Microsoft, but i am seeing it used much more in the web world than in microsoft applications. Giving your website a native Windows 8  will make them feel familiar and in good hands.

3 – Simple Design, Complex Content

In this year, content gains much more emphasis than content. I am seeing you so many websites around with only like two or three colors and having many different widgets for reaching different content (breadcumbs, modals, scrollspies) that simply give the user enough of a strong experience to make him go back to the website for getting information. Before these years we forgot that the users comes to a website to get information, and not to see our shiny powerful design. Content layout experts proved us with simple design that users do not want shiny colors that slow their browsers down, but they want cute enough websites that they can read content from in a font that will please their pretty eyes.

4 – Responsive Design

Definition of Responsive from the courtesy of http://www.thefreedictionary.com:

re·spon·sive

adj.

1. Answering or replying; responding.
2. Readily reacting to suggestions, influences, appeals, or efforts: a responsive student.
3. Containing or using responses: responsive reading; responsive liturgy.

The biggest trend for 2013, of course, are websites that handle all kinds of devices, in a matter that will offer content to readers easily, in a responsive (fast answering or replying) matter.

 

Keep reading and thanks for it!

 

 

 

 

 

How Creative Web Design Can Stimulate Your Audience

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Websites are a given these days for most businesses. When you decide to add a website as one feature of your business, there are things to consider. The following are creative web design tips along with information about how to build a website that will keep your current clients happy and draw in new ones.

Overall Concept

The overall concept should include user interaction as well as relevant content. A fun website is useless if the information is outdated. A website that has relevant content and no creativity or real user interaction may not keep existing clients or appeal to new customers. That said, consider what the site needs to accomplish. Some of the elements pertaining to a successful websiteÕs design and development are E-commerce, links to relevant sites, and useful information about products and services.

Creating a Website

As you consider your web design concept, check out other similar sites. Consider what they have to offer and what you can offer that is better. Consult with the in-house creative director or designer if you have one. If not, you will need to start checking out designers. Get a conceptual idea down on paper and then proceed to develop the areas of content you want included. Write down your ideas and get a mock-up from your designer.

Color Schemes

Color is very important. It evokes emotion and action. Consider what colors represent your business and the overall feel. Reds and oranges tend to evoke warmth. Greens and blues are cool colors and evoke relaxation. Look at some sites and consider how you feel when interacting. A combination of a bold color and a softer color will create a balance.

Kuler is a color system created by Adobe that allows review of color combinations, www.kuler.adobe.com. This system shows various combinations and allows you to mix those colors up to see the results. You can see the newest, most popular, highest rated or even random combinations.

Art/Design

A designer plays a vital role in the completion of a creative and successful website. According to Arealonlinedegree, both web designers and developers are ranked in the top ten for Internet-based jobs in 2013.

The design of the site, as well as the art it contains, should be attractive and engaging. The idea that less is more is very appropriate for many sites. Too much activity can turn off your audience. Too little activity can turn off your audience. The key here is balance. You want enough art and design in the layout to make the site attractive. Consider making the art part of the interaction.

Navigation buttons can be images. Layered navigation can include products and services in different areas. For instance, a book site can include the different genres. Authors can be listed under each genre. As an example, you can see that the user can find specific information without having all the content on the front page of the site.

Interaction

In web design, user interaction is important. Creativity in this area will help draw the user as well as keep the user coming back. Completing informational forms and navigating the site should be easy and engaging. The overall objective of a business is to generate revenue. However, part of keeping loyal clients and bringing in new ones is to consider their needs. You can add survey forms to gather information that will help develop your site to keep the audience happy and returning. This is especially true if you have a site that already needs to be revamped.

Creative design in a website is an important investment. The important goals of the site are to keep the existing audience, engage new audience members, and be an effective tool for the business to generate new revenue. Consideration of your audience needs will provide valuable input when designing the site. Research on design, color schemes, and layout of competitor sites will help you begin and succed in your overall project.

Author Bio: Andy Perez is a blogger who writes content related to web design. In this article, he describes creative web design techniques and wishes to promote continued study with an Art Education Masters Degree Online.