Website Trends that Will-Date Your Site

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Web design, like all business components, moves in trends. While you may have a perfectly serviceable , you must be flexible to give your site the credibility that comes with an up-to-date image. What are some of the latest trends in website design?

Ghost buttons have become popular. You have probably seen them, though the goal of using them is to let other things show through. They are generally boxes with colored outlines and sometimes dimensional properties. Designers use them to make the website less cluttered and to make certain icons more attractive than others. A ghost button next to a solid block button allows the visitor to choose an option, but fades next to a more important option. For instance, the ghost button may allow visitors to go to a virtual magazine page while the normal button, the more visible choice, offers a trial six-month subscription.

Feature list icons are new, too. These are icons adjacent to small blocks of text. Clicking on the icon opens a list of product or service features. This makes the page less cluttered and allows the visitor to concentrate on isolated data.

Drop-down lists and menus are popular now. The visitor sees an icon or line of text, even a single word, next to a downward-pointing arrow. Clicking on the arrow drops a list of options from which the visitor may choose. You may have seen this on sites that ask for a location. The drop-down list allows visitors to select a state or a country without having to type it in.

Galleries and slideshows are trending in website design. The development of really good, sharp graphics and images allows the photos to display even on mobile phones. They can be viewed full-screen as well. These offer businesses to have virtual showrooms, display steps in a process and even photo albums. The great thing about this trend is that it is easy to apply to your site. There are galleries and slideshow aps that can be added simply by lifting a code and putting it into place on your page.

Fixed sliding navigation is being seen more often today, too. The menu appears as small text, usually at the top of a page, and as the reader scrolls down, the menu stays at the top so that visitors can access any page at any time. The font is plain and easily-read, but still unobtrusive. The other trend in navigation is the invisible menu. The graphic on the page is a “hamburger.” This is a vertical stack of three lines that, when you click on them, drop a menu. The icon is small and easily recognizable.

All of these point to the biggest trend in designing websites: Minimalist style. Designers are losing the headings and footers, borders and other features, and using one or two theme colors with simple font to make web pages cleaner and more esthetically pleasing. The add-on apps must be attractive and functional, but the portals to these pages must be unobtrusive and allow your visitor to access your content easily.

Top 4 Free Courses Online for Designers

Lifelong learning is becoming the new normal in every field, and design is no exception. With new trends and technologies, as well as shifting demands in the job market, designers need to keep their knowledge fresh and their skills up to date. Whether you are a designer just starting out or a seasoned veteran of the field, here are four free online courses that will help you expand your abilities, and also help you develop the skills of 21st century design.

Graphic Design – Visual and Graphic Design

 

Graphic Design – Visual and Graphic Design

Graphic Design – Visual and Graphic Design

This course, for design students and professionals alike, covers the basic elements and principles of graphic design, which form the basis of much design work today. You will also be introduced to various drawing systems and learn how production processes and systems work in the design industry. For a more advanced online course, Visual Design explores how to apply the elements of design (typography, layout, color, etc.) to create a beautiful user interfaces for various contexts, including the web.

Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

While knowing the basic elements and principles of design (and being able to apply them), as well as how to use various design tools (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) is essential, creativity is also a large part of what makes a great designer great. This course explores the theories and principles of creativity and will teach you how to recognize and nurture your own creativity, including how to develop creative problem-solving skills and create environments that foster creativity. No matter what area of design you are working in, this course will give you a tool to push yourself to the next level.

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

If you are interested in becoming a better designer, this course is for you. Each weekly module contains a combination of lectures, readings, and challenges that span the design spectrum from graphics to apparel.

You will create your own projects, as well as review the projects of others. The course is intended for everyone—from beginning to experienced designers—though those who have experience with graphic design programs will find the projects easier.

Coding for Designers

Coding for Designers

Coding for Designers

This course, offered by Aquent Gymnasium, addresses the fact that many employers today are looking for designers who can not only design, but also move their designs to the web. Even just a basic knowledge of coding will distinguish you from your peers when it comes to applying for jobs. This course will teach you how to turn your comps and prototype designs into web pages. Don’t worry if code is a completely foreign language to you—this course is intended for people with at least five years of professional graphic or web design experience, including expertise using Photoshop and other graphic design software, but no prior coding experience.

While the basics elements and principles of design are the same today as they were decades ago, technology has greatly impacted the practice of design. These four courses will help you better understand the design landscape of today, and give you the skills you need to succeed.