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Five Web Design Trends in 2013

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In the ever evolving web community in which we all live there are numerous design elements and choices that have begun to arise and will continue to keep popping up throughout the remainder of the year. Some of these trends will disappear as quickly as “Crystal Pepsi” or the McDonald’s “McLean Deluxe.” Some may stand the test of time and emerge as the new standards web designers live by.  Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends of 2013.

Responsive Web Layouts

Almost half of web browsing is now done via smartphones or mobile devices. So it stands to reason that you want your website to look and function the same across all web browsing platforms. Utilizing a responsive web layout is a trend that began in 2012 and is moving to web standard status in 2013. Clients not only prefer this method of web development, they expect it.

Fixed Header Bars

Again this isn’t exactly a “new” trend but we’re seeing more of this design element lately. This design trend significantly enhances a website’s user experience with quick access to the navigation menu. It’s one of the more basic trends, but it’s going to stick around for quite some time.

CSS Transparency

With CSS3 you now have the control of opacity for any element on a webpage. From a programming standpoint, this makes creating a layered web page look relatively easy. This is a new trend that is gaining tons of popularity throughout the web. Look for this to stay around forever.

Infinite Scrolling

This is not necessarily a new trend because it has been around for years. Some of the new websites that have gained mass popularity as of late–such as Pinterest–use this technique where the page just continuously populates as you scroll downward. There’s no need for any navigation or to remember what page a certain image was on because it’s all one page; simplicity at its finest. Look for this trend to stay around for a while for very specific types of websites.

Sliding Web Panels

What was once Flash and action script and became a big web development no-no has now become JavaScript and JQuery, which is almost a must have. The rotating images you see regularly on website homepages are prime examples of a javaScript image rotator. A complete web page that slides in from left-to-right is another cool example of the JQuery trend. Many more websites in the future will benefit from these dynamic website techniques as designers implement them into their web projects.

So there you have it, five design trends for 2013. None of them began this year, but all of them will continue to grow in popularity as time progresses.

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