In 2012 we saw quite a lot of trends in web designing that set forth
the founding stones of a radical change in the way we approach and
design websites. 2013 is going to be one of those years when the rest of
the World Wide Web will flock towards an HTML 5 website that’s styled
with the brand new features of CSS 3. In the last quarter of 2012 we saw
a lot of popular websites doing a complete redesign and defining the
emergence of a new trend that is bound to storm into the mainstream
webmaster community beginning this year. In this article I am going to
talk about 5 such trends that you must adapt or at least prepare your
website to be flexible enough to accept such changes.
Going Responsive – HTML 5 is not only about creating games
with canvas and showing off the cool animations using CSS 3. One of the
fundamental reasons why this markup language gained widespread
acceptance amongst developers in the fact that it allows designing of
web applications that automatically adjust itself on other small screen
devices. This feature is called responsive or fluid design where you
will see the entire content of the website shifting and adjusting on an
iPad or iPhone. While 2012 saw blogs like Mashable, The Next Web
etc. shift to this format I believe that in 2013 there is going to be
an explosion of responsive designing. Gone are those days when you had a
separate site called m.site.com. Prepare to make your own website fluid
because the number of people who access the internet from tablets and
smartphones are growing at a skyrocketing pace.
Single Tone Colors – Apart from responsive designing another
fast emerging trend is the use of single tome color. By single tone I
mean using shades of blue or dark red. The latest redesigns of Mashable
and The Next Web are perfect examples of how one consistent color is
used to determine the entire theme of the website. In 2013 we will
definitely see more websites shifting to this trend because when you use
minimalistic color tones without using lots of different shades then
the readers are more focused on the text and content of your site.
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