These are the expected top trends for web design for the upcoming new year. But think of the 2012 trends more like helpful tips that you can adapt, rather than you must use them all. And if you want to stick out, do the opposite… 🙂
Top Trends For Web Design for 2012
1. User Experience / User Interface
More attention will be paid to the user experience and interface in 2012. Visitors of sites are looking for ease of navigation and usability regardless of the device they use to surf with.
2. Mobile, Mobile, and more Mobile
Of course, no top 5 list for web design going into 2012 would be complete without mobile being included. According to Search Engine Land, more than 1/5 of all searches will be conducted on mobile devices in 2012. For this reason, it is extremely important that all company websites can be easily navigated as well as read on the small cell phone screen.
There is no replacement for a nicely developed header with the right font type, weight, shading, colour and white space. Typography has become part of design, and this trend will continue into 2012. In fact, this is an art form and very difficult to master.
4. Rich Colours and Textures
Minimalist design has been very popular for the past couple of years. I can certainly appreciate a clean, crisp design with plenty of white space, but I think we will see the resurgence of colour and texture in designs to come in 2012.
5. HTML 5 and CSS3
We have seen HTML5 and CSS3 hit the scene over the past year with a love / hate welcoming by designers and governing bodies of all things web. Whether or not you think they are ready for prime-time, they are here to stay, and I think 2012 is going to be a banner year. In fact, I believe these fine technologies will prove they are more than just a Flash replacement.
6 .More 3D Effects
The web has slowing been moving into 3D web effects to help draw in readers. This next year 3D graphics are expected to grow in popularity, so be sure your 3D skills are ready to go. Use shadows and textures to help create dimension, but remember not to go overboard!