Web design is a topic that we can talk a lot about. Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the constantly changing trends that must be followed closely if you want your products to look good. It is already October, and soon we’ll enter the year 2015 – a period which will certainly bring us many new web design trends, and will maybe resurrect some trends that were popular a few years back. In this post we’ve gathered the most anticipated 10 web design trends 2015, and hopefully the information we provide will help you keep your designs modern & unique.
Images on the Homepage
In the past most people avoided using large images on the homepage, but it seems like all this will change during the upcoming year. The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is exactly what this web design trend will try to prove. A single, large image that disappears as soon as the user starts to scroll can be more helpful & convenient than a wall of text.
Some of the largest websites have taken advantage of this trend already, and you can often see large images & advertisements on their homepage – something that was considered unacceptable a few years back.
Improved Responsive Design
So far responsive design has been 50/50 – a perfect combination between optimization for mobile browsing and computers. However, in 2015, more web designers will focus on improving the mobile usability of their products, because more and more people have started to browse the Internet through their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Responsive design is a trend that never dies – we’ve been talking about it for more than two years and there is still more to desire. In 2015 we’ll certainly see some new great innovations related with this topic.
Innovative Web-page Backgrounds
Web-page backgrounds used to be simple and minimalistic, but many web designers have already adopted a different approach when it comes to creating the perfect background. Whether a web designer built a website using his coding skills or by using easy tools like google sites, wordpress to build free websites, he would prefer to insert HTML5 videos in the background for the advertisements of various products mostly. Of course, other types of unconventional backgrounds can be seen rather often too.
Plain backgrounds have become a thing of the past, because a more sophisticated background gives you the opportunity to use it as extra ad space or publish some eye-catching visual content there. In our opinion this is one of the trends that will really develop in the next 12 months.
Sliders are already used in many websites, but we expect that the number of sites using sliders will significantly increase in 2015. This simple yet functional design feature gives you the ability to quickly showcase your portfolio by presenting only the most important information. Another advantage of content sliders is that they grab the visitor’s attention instantly.
Sliders have been around for a while, but in 2014 the number of sites that took advantage of this great visual element drastically increased, and we expect this trend to continue in 2015.
Parallax scrolling first became popular in the beginning of 2014, but today it is used on more and more websites. This unique effect gives you the ability to create flexible and unique web pages that will certainly pleasantly surprise your visitors with their effectiveness and convenience. This effect works great when it comes to creating single page websites or storytelling
Single-page websites became quite popular in 2014, and we expect this trend to continue in 2015, so prepare yourself for the incoming flood of websites using the parallax scrolling effect
Navigational menus are getting better and better with each passing year, and 2015 won’t be any different. This will be the year of slide-out menus – they are convenient, easy-to-use, and give you the ability to show more important content on your website. These menus are also incredibly useful when it comes to optimizing your website’s navigation for mobile devices.
Navigation improvement is a must, and it looks like slide-out menus will be the biggest thing to happen to website navigation in 2015.
Helvetica, Times New Roman and Arial were the most frequently used fonts in the past, but this all started to change recently. Nowadays more and more websites use more personalized fonts that help them stand out in the crowd and make an impression. We expect that in 2015 many websites will switch to more intriguing web fonts that will give them the uniqueness they need.
Some great free fonts for 2015 seem to be Cabin, Corbel, Myriad Pro and Ubuntu. And if you are ready to spend some dough on a premium font, then take a look at Helvetica, Gotham, Futura, Adobe Caslon and Neo Sans.
Gradients, reflections, drop shadows and beveled edges are quickly becoming a thing of the past! Flat design is the biggest trend at the moment, and it doesn’t look like this will change any time soon. Flat design is clean and minimalistic, and is usually paired with bright colors to create a truly unique appearance that will instantly be appreciated by anyone who sees it.
Flat UI design took off in 2013, and it still one of the biggest trends in 2014, and many factors show that this won’t stop in 2015 either. Don’t be surprised if many of your favorite websites adopt a flat design in the next months.
More and more websites rely on an arrangement that resembles cards or tiles. This type of websites are usually very simple, and they present the viewer with as much information as possible which can work great when it comes to advertising products or presenting a portfolio. Even social media giants such as Spotify, Pinterest, Twitter and Google are already using the tile-like arrangement.
Cards & tiles allow you to save space & show more content in a shorter amount of time. This trend will surely be adopted by many popular websites in 2015, so keep your eyes peeled for the changes that are about to come.
Last, but not least – ghost buttons. Ghost buttons are actually a pretty simple thing, but they are becoming more and more widely used. They are minimal, stylish and very easy to create, and usually they are combined with a cool and simple hover animation. We expect them to be used more often in 2015, and we think that they are a great way to end our collection of the top 10 web design trends of 2015.
Ghost buttons are used on many websites, but we expect them to become even more popular in 2015. They are easy to create, very appealing to the eye, and they are a great final touch to an overall great web design.