Welcome to the new decade! In the last decade we have witnessed a new emergence of the world wide web, specially after the dot com bubble-burst. This new emergence not only marked newer and more innovative applications of the internet and it’s contents, it also opened up a whole new galaxy of trendy, stylish and useful designs. And ever since, we have seen plenty of world class designers and websites predicting newer trends in the beginning of a year. The new decade 2010 is also not devoid of them. Some of these predictions are surely hot as everyone has the same opinion about them, while some predictions differ.
So here’s what we would be keeping an eye on mostly this year -
Oversized Logo or Header: This is an essential replacement of splash pages. Over-sized logos and headers would deliver important key messages to visitors without requiring them to click on anything. It would necessarily target to create a visual impact easily recognized and remembered.
I do remember trying do develop this effect in some promotional blogs back in 2006 for the company I used to work then, but it was not accepted at that point of time. Good it’s coming up now!
Sketch / Hand-drawn design: We have seen this trend into existence for a while, but not in plenty. Designers across the globe are sure that this trend would become an elemental part in web design in the year ahead.
Typography: This remains with its problems. Using varied typography in designs and mixing them up is quite experimental so far. The main reason behind this is usability. It would hence remain a primary experimental part of web design in the year ahead.
Single Page Layouts: As the rush increases and people have lesser time to look around web sites, one page layouts would be one of the main trends in 2010. However, this trend would largely be effective for personal sites and not for corporate designs.
Large Images: 2010 will see the use of larger images as a close relative to the oversized header or logo. These images would not be an integrated part of the website’s branding, but will be used to create the same visual impact.
Intro Boxes: A twitter style for about us pages, well that’s how I see it. No more lengthy about us pages in 2010, but simply a few lines of condensed information about who you are. That’s intro boxes and though we’ll probably still see a lot of about pages along with it, it’s surely en vogue…
Magazine Layouts: All of you who’s been keeping a track of WordPress lately would already be aware of the rise of magazine styled themes. This is predicted largely due to the increase in the migration of more people from orthodox traditional media to online media. This layout offers familiarity for all those people and also offers contents in a more organized pattern. Specially with the launch of WordPress 2.9 designing magazine styled layouts have become easier and we could surely see a lot more of them in action in 2010.
Retro: Retro designs have been here for quite a while and everybody loved them. They would continue to be in 2010.
Minimalism: Once again an evergreen favorite. I have never come across anyone who said he / she disliked minimalistic designs. Over the years, minimalism has become more stylish and they would sure continue.
Nature Inspired: I don’t know if it’s the growing global concern for eco-friendly environment or simply fresh looks, but nature themed and inspired websites have recently become a trend to watch out for.
Oversized Footers: Footers have definitely changed over the years. It’s now yet another zone in design where contents show up. Oversized footers with useful display of contents and designs mixed should become something to watch out for.
Trendy Icons: This is not a new trend, stylish icons have been there for quite a while and we all hope they would keep being there.
That’s mostly what’s gonna keep us busy for the coming year. These predictions are made by some of the popular websites and designers and we hope to keep an eye on them. If you are a designer yourself, pick a cue and get happy designing in 2010.