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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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