Web design has been ever evolving ever since the boom of website, and just like fashion, every year there is a new trend. I wanted to highlight four trends that are going on in web design this year that seventy8Productions is using.
There are two sliders that I personally would recommend. We at seventy8productions use Slides, but have heavily modified it into a WordPress plugin. After having worked with Slides and making it into the plugin, I discovered Nivo Slider, a comparable alternative that actually already has a WordPress plugin.
2. Column Content Preview
One huge HTML design faux pas is using the tables tag as every different browser, at any different resolution will display the website completely differently. With the invention and improvement of CSS, it has been better accepted to use columns. If you just search “CSS column”, you will get an endless list of resources, but a couple good tutorials that I have found are from CSS-Tricks.com as well as MaxDesign.com. (Warning: These are both very technical tutorials)
3. Razor Horizontal Rule
At the beginning of web design conception, the architects of HTML realized that there needed to be breaks in between content to break it up, and thus was born the horizontal rule. Since then, with the incorporation of CSS and images, the horizontal rule has been efficiently used to create space. In the last year, this element of design has taken on a razor edge to transition from one background pattern to another. You can see how we have done this with going from a “vertical bars” pattern to a simple white background. It breaks up the page and gives a visual clue to the reader that you are going to be looking at new content. While a razor horizontal rule might not be necessary, I would always advise using different elements to create space and divide up the website for those that are more visual users.