3 Web Design Trends You Should KnowTrends come and go.  The web design world is no different.  If you are not immersed in the world of web design you may not know what these trends and their associated keywords are all about. Should you find yourself in need of a site update, or a talk with your friendly neighborhood web designer you'll want to know what is trending right now.

Flat Design

Flat design is everywhere. Everyone from Facebook to Firefox to Apple has re-branded logos and icons with Flat design.  What is flat design however?  Well, it's a shift away from the more realistic looking icons and images (also known as skeuomorphism) to images that are less detailed and lack the realistic shading.  Take for example Facebook's re-branding:

FBflatOn the left the icon features a more realist highlight giving the icon more depth. In the icon on the right that has been removed, giving the icon a completely flat look.

Parallax

You are probably already familiar with parallax design even if you don't know what it's called.  Many popular sites like Buffer, and Spotify use this design.  Parallax sites use long scrolling pages with content frequently in it's own section within the scrolling page.  Backgrounds and content often fill the entire frame of view.  Parallax designs are engaging and simple, and often very creative.

Responsive Design

Responsive web design is the practice of creating websites that look good and function well no matter what device views them.  They change based upon the view port size they are viewed on.  They are an alternative to designing separate mobile websites, and offer the ease of only maintaining one website and code.

These 3 web design trends are playing a big roll in how sites are designed.  They also have seemingly strong staying power and will be influencing design into the future.  Responsive design especially has a place in the future with the uncertain introduction of new mobile devices in a variety of screen sizes.  Are there any other web design trends you are curious about?  Ask us in the comments, we'd love to help you out!