As we are nearing the end of 2013, we are experiencing certain website design trends which would rule 2014 and the years to come. Web site design through its evolution is experiencing several trends in its wake. It has gone through simple text format to flashy designs and parallax scrolling. There have been instances when website designs were filled with glitters and flashes of mind numbing animations which evolved to a phase which emphasized on bringing realism to the screens of desktop and mobile devices. Probably skeuomorphism was born of that period.
Gone are the days when the website pages showcased the endeavors and skills of the website designers. The faux-pas and the artificial website design have become the things of the bygone. Business owners and the website designer are focusing more on user-centric website designs which are digitally aesthetic.
Debunking Flat Design
It can be predicted that the minimalism would still be a ruling concept for website design in coming years. Flat design as a part of minimalism would be focusing on the features like cleanliness, open space, crisp spaces and bright color shunning away the 3D aspects while only using two-dimensional elements.
It was the sheer competition between tech giants which led to the birth of the flat design. The first to use flat design was Windows as an answer to skeuomorphic design propagated by Apple for the MAC OS and IOS systems. As hinted in the above mentioned lines, skeuomorphic design focused on providing realistic designs to computers displays. Flat design does just the opposite by implementing icon like images and simple designs.
Make Way for more Minimalism
The flashy and too much ornamentation has never been a trait of the minimalist website design. It is considered as more of a clutter. The main philosophy of the flat design is that if any of the design elements of the website does not serve its purpose it becomes a clutter and has to be removed. Made from the brightest colors, these website designs are never lacking the luster and they are successful in alluring clients. The functional characteristics of a website get captured through the minimalist website.
Through the removal of complicated textures, patterns, shadows, gradients and other effects, the flat design focuses on a website to make it look more interactive. Graphical aesthetics do not have much role to play in the aspect of the flat minimalist design.
Flat website designs have already been in existence in a dormant state for sometimes until it made a comeback with the Windows 8 operating system. The OS has been the benchmark for this kind of web design in the recent times.