With constant advancements in technology and continuous changes happening in the virtual world, designers need to be on the lookout for ways in which they can improve their website. This includes being aware of and adapting to changing trends and also using them to their advantage.

With HTML5 and CSS3 becoming more and more popular, web designers find that have much more  to work with as with the help of these tools, designers can make their websites more engaging and interactive. Some trends that designers should look out for include:

Microsoft Windows 8: In 2013, many Windows users will upgrade their systems to Windows 8 and many new computers will come with operating system pre-installed. Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first operating system which is designed to work on touch screen devices such as tablets, desktop computers, laptops and even smaller mobile devices. As a result, web designers will not only have to strive to make their sites look on the new operating system but also on various computing devices. They will have to move their websites away from the traditional icon-based appearance and more towards typography.

 

Responsive Web Design: This refers to making a site which automatically scales according to the screen resolution that is being displayed on. Designers will have to deal with varying consumer preferences as although some will prefer viewing websites from their mobile devices, others will still be more comfortable with the screen browsing experience. In the year 2012, there were many responsive websites that, unfortunately, experience a number of complications when it came to implementation. In the year 2013, however, designers will be exposed to new ways and design styles with regard to responsive websites. Old-style websites with specific limited resolutions will no longer be applicable as that will restrict people from viewing the whole website without the need to scroll left or right.

 

Vertical Scrolling: Websites which have vertical scrolling enabled are better for all users, especially those using mobile devices to surf the Web. It makes the website user-friendly and efficient and makes the overall web experience interactive. This enables viewers to scroll down the page using either their mouse wheel or by touch. They should even be able to access the menu without having to scroll towards the top of the page as the menu bars and buttons move down as the viewer scrolls down the page. Some websites take vertical scrolling considerably further, such as by introducing animations, messages and events as the reader scrolls down the site.

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