The king is dead! Long live the king! As 2009 fades into nostalgic glory, and 2010 begins it’s slow crawl towards infamy, web designers can’t help but wonder what the year will hold for their favorite profession/hobby/whatever. Here is a list of five web design trends to look out for in 2010. None of this stuff is going to reinvent the wheel. Mostly’ it’s an analysis of several things that people caught on to during 2009 that look to be making a giant leap towards the e-mainstream.
1. Oversized logos and headers
It’s easy to see why this trend is going to blow up big in 2010. It’s eye-catching. It catches people’s interests. Heck, it could potentially prevent someone from clicking away for a few seconds. Isn’t that the point? Plus that de-emphasize clicking and place a strong emphasis on scrolling down. This simple transition helps ease anxieties of users used to years of poor and malfunctioning links.
2. Sketched and hand-drawn design
Hand-drawn and sketched design is by no means new, but it hasn’t exactly caught on in a big way yet. Why is that? Most web-designers are afraid to dip their toes into the genre for fear they can’t draw. The thing is, it doesn’t really matter. Even poorly drawn letters can imbue any site with a personalized sense of charm. That’s what 2010 is going to be all about, putting your personal stamp on your website. This will be one such tool for doing just that.
3. Slab typefaces
Slab typefaces are relatively new in the Internet world. However, they’ve been around for hundreds of years in the “real world.” Think, the typeface used on wild west wanted posters. Why are they catching on now? The aforementioned trend towards larger logos and typefaces lends itself nicely for the mighty slab to take it’s place among the web-elite. Like a double bacon burger with extra cheese, slab typeface doesn’t do anything daintily.
4. One page layouts
As opposed to the mighty slab, one page layouts challenge you to edit away what’s unnecessary. In 2010, this trend will move away from quirky navigation and become more minimal in its approach. These websites are more like clickable business cards. They will be more of a one-stop-shop for how to locate you and your work on various other sites– your blog and your social media hangouts. They could also eventually overtake the conventional resume.
5. Change of perspective
The desktop perspective has been around so long now that it’s time for a chance. Put a cork in it. It’s done. Ok, well not done. But there will be more choices in 2010 for sure. One such choice is a change in perspective. This could be side-shot aerial, foregrounds and backgrounds mixed(shown above) and any other number of experimental perspectives. We’ll see what designers think of as the year plays out
That is it for now. What do you think? Have any of your own ideas where web design is going in 2010? Let us know.