Web Design Trends That Have Gone for Good
Take a look at the fashion industry; you are sure to feel lost in the volley of trends that hit the ramp every season. Some stay, some vanish. The web design and development world is not much different. Endless trends have made it to the forefront; some have stayed on, others have disappeared.
Aesthetics is subjective; the trend that appeals to one may repel another. But if you consider functionality as well, the trends in web design and development that continued were the ones that looked good and worked well.
Which web design trends have gone for good? Let’s look at a few of the worst cases.
Too much of anything isn’t always good
Too many design elements on a single site isn’t really going to make your site look any prettier. Instead, it will only make it look clumsier. And make it difficult for users to find significant elements on the page.
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Flat design seems to be the norm today. You may want to shun every bit of skeuomorphism; but so rigid an approach may not be necessary. Going either way isn’t the solution. Why not incorporate a little bit of stylish elements in a simple design.
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Too many photos may not be any good either, especially if you are stuck with stock photos. Just as the name suggests, these photos come from stock, and are too general to create any impression, favorable or otherwise.
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It isn’t easy, or cheap, to come up with original photos for your site. But they create a credible image. Before you use any photo, consider whether it’s really necessary or it’s just an embellishment.
Anything that hampers user experience has a negative impact
Pop-up windows may be needed to display the ads that generate revenue for your site. But it can seriously hamper the experience of the visitors to your site, especially if the windows pop-up every second minute.
Conduct tests to check whether the pop-ups disrupt user experience. If it does, you had better do something to stop this. With the rapid decline in user attention span, it may be difficult to get a second visit if this happens.
Background music isn’t really essential if you aren’t a part of the music industry. While a soothing or rocking track may seem great to go with your site, it can cause disruption if the user is already listening to something else while browsing your site.
Another obvious problem is that the user may not have any inkling of the track if the sound of their system is turned off. Consider this – is your site even remotely connected to music? If it isn’t, don’t bother.
Outdated technology isn’t going to do any good
Splash pages that only add to the visual confusion aren’t of any use to a site. Lovely graphics, fancy loading bars, and pretty but space filler content is just a waste of time. You cannot afford to lose visitors bored by such elements.
No user of today has the time, or the interest, to invest in such useless ornamentations. Instead, focus on building a home page that offers essential information, and creates a positive impression on users.
Flash sites are good to look at. But what attracts is what creates troubles too. The beauty of movement and element of animation are all quite well. The only problem is they aren’t compatible to many devices.
How will you feel when you go to a site only to see something like “Please upgrade to Flash Player 10 to view the site”? Most users just abandon the site and check for alternatives. Does it mean you cannot create an animated site without Flash?
The good news is you can do it. With the updated HTML5 standards and CSS3 transitions, it is possible to come up with animations and movements. And you will not have to bother about compatibility and performance anymore.