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Have you noticed that website launches fail to suprise any more?
Of course, that's because over the past 15 years, we've all seen as many websites as we've had hot dinners.
But it's also because web design has been converging, thanks to the mobile trend, established interaction design patterns and also cultural conventions, as clients are influenced more by the crowd when deciding on their own approach.
I'm continuing to explore my web design predictions for 2016 in more detail, so let's take a look at convergence.
As ecommerce sites become richer experiences designed to showcase products to their fullest, imagery is getting bigger and crisper.
A small product shot was once par for the course and is now underwhelming compared to those retailers at the forefront of ecommerce.
In our continuing look at web design trends for 2016 and beyond, I thought I'd showcase 10 ecommerce websites that use big and beautiful photography.
Our web design trends for 2016 included a continued predilection for bold typography.
So, we thought we'd bring you some typographical inspiration, with some examples from agencies, ecommerce and beyond. Consider us the fo(u)nt of all knowledge.
Why not read the full list of web design trends for 2016.
Lots of publishers reveal their annual web design trends at the end of the year.
I thought I'd be different and conduct a meta-study, bringing you what I consider to be the most cogent predictions from across the web.
Hopefully that means this is the only trends post you'll need this year. So, put your feet up and read on, as we explore the larger trends, to the finer detail.
As I am in middle of building my own website and drowning in never-ending design possibilities as well as unfathomable bits of CSS I thought I would share with you some inspiration.
These are sites and tools that I’ve been using either on a daily or weekly basis.
We published our 17 crucial web design trends for 2015 a couple of weeks ago, and this is part of a series of posts looking at each trend in more depth.
This week, the thin permanent menus found across the very top of larger websites we have decided to call 'super-navigation'.
We published our 17 crucial web design trends for 2015 a couple of weeks ago, and this is the first in a series of posts looking at each trend in a more in depth manner.
This week, the meeting point between flat design and skeuomorphism: material design.
There is nothing new under the sun. So spoketh Solomon and/or Shakespeare, depending on who you believe.
Either way, it’s unlikely they were referring to web design, but as we enter into an uncertain future, there’s no denying there’s a strange comfort in nostalgia - Hey, look at hipsters for starters.
Please do not mistake me for some kind digital prognosticator, soothsayer guru, evangelist, swami, samurai or whatever risible term is currently popular in digital marketing circles.
I am but one writer who has spent the last year immersed (and only occasionally floundering) in previously unchartered waters in my first 12 months of writing for Econsultancy.
This isn’t just a list of trends that I’ve noticed during my own research, but also ones discovered by my many venerable colleagues, various friends of the blog and passed on to me by Dan Barker or compiled throughout the year by Chris Lake.
Designing usable and enjoyable experiences for people online, across devices, is defining business change.
It's no surprise then that some of the most visited posts on the Econsultancy blog concern web design.
Chris Lake has traditionally written about web design trends for the year, with eight of his 18 trends for 2014 pointing towards minimalist design.
These were flat UI, mobile first, minimalist navigation, monochrome and hypercolour (perhaps summed up as high contrast), cards and tiles, bigger images and fixed position content.
I wanted to write a simple post highlighting key examples of clean and simple web design from publishing.