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Well, the champagne corks have been popped, the parties attended and the food consumed to a massive degree. It’s 2014! In the ever-evolving web design industry, this means changes.  That’s why we thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the previously all-conquering web design features that we think might disappear during the upcoming year.

Sliding banners

Though they’ve previously been almost ubiqiutous in the web design industry, it seems likely that the typically popular web design sliding banners (the ones that are especially common within WordPress) might well be downplayed in the upcoming year. Though they do have their benefits, many people still consider them to be a bit distracting, and they’re rapidly falling out of favour when compared to single-page scrolling and drop-down menus.

In-depth contact forms

The bid to discover more information about potential customer has meant that in the last few years, contact forms have become more and more detailed.  However, it’s no surprise that many users dislike this, preferring instead to simply fill in their e-mail.  The fact that this complication causes less people to fill it in simply means that website owners with real common sense are rapidly going back to the classic ‘name and e-mail address’ approach.

Circular script logos

At one point a few years ago, using a script font within a circle (whether outlined or filled in) was considered cooler than the Fonz. However, times change and it looks like this might be the year that this particular Fonzie finally jumps the shark.  Though the approach still looks good, it’s become so over-used that it will likely disappear until everyone else has stopped using it.  When it will probably come back! (Trends, eh?).

Flash intros

Fortunately, SEO more or less ended the idea of a website constructed in Flash. However, some pages still make use of the tactic in order to try and create that killer initial impression.  Videos can look cool (there’s no point denying it).  However, in 2014 a website that requires the user to wait whilst it shows off how cool the company in question is comes across are more annoying than anything else.  Unless it’s used for games (and sometimes for online presentations), Flash has become a dead art that no self respecting business should go anywhere near. Users want to have total control over their browsing, and Flash simply hurts this.

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Essex Web DesignIt’s hard to believe it, but in just a couple of months it’ll be 2014.  One of the keys to staying on top of your profession is ensuring that you are aware of the latest trends, and that’s even more the case when you working in a visual field such as Essex web design.  Because of this, we’ve put together this list of some of the key trends we think are going to take over in 2014:

Flat design

We believe that one of the keys to web design in 2014 is going to be ‘flat’ design, i.e. design that displays its 2D-ness loud and proud by avoiding any 3D effects such as drop-shadows and heavy textures.   If it’s brash and flat, it should be a part of your portfolio in the new year!

Various typography

This is quite a tricky technique to get right, but you can be sure that various fonts used in conjunction with each other on one site design will have the pages looking seriously cutting edge.  There’s a definite plus to this trend: being able to vary the typography used gives any web designed a whole lot more room to be experimental with.

Single pages

The advent of search engine optimisation and general digital marketing has meant that the last few years have been dominated by websites that spread across many different pages.  However, it seems quite likely that single page sites will come back in vogue during the next year or so, with users instead able to scroll up and down one large page to view the different pieces of content contained on the site.

Huge background images

This one has already been making itself apparent across recent designs.  The idea of one, very high-res image playing the part of the site’s background can be an extremely effective one.  If the image itself is right, it can look genuinely stunning and clean-cut.  It can be a genuine antidote to the multitude of wordpress-alike pages currently clogging up the web.

Responsive design

‘Responsive design’ has become another buzz-term within the last few months, and you can be sure that it’ll be on the tongues of more than one hip-designer next year.

Mobile websites

Mobile traffic is accounting for more and more visitors, with tablets and smart-phones almost uniform amongst certain demographics.  This means that it’s essential for any website being constructed in 2013 to be compatible with mobile devices.

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