The year 2014 was a great year for web design. Many of the 2014 design trends we saw were innovative and beautifully designed websites out there that could make the aspiring web designer drool. I’m happy to say ChillyBin had a hand in building quite a few of them! We’re in a new year now and I’m sure 2015 has a lot of great things to offer, but there is nothing like sitting back and admiring what the past year brought us. Why don’t you sit back and enjoy the ride with us, as we journey back in time (yep, a few months ago) to see what design trends 2014 had to offer.
One Page Websites
Why bother building a multi-page website when you can create a design that incorporates everything you need into one beautifully organised page? Aside from a few negative SEO consequences, one pages websites are a very attractive option. Something we saw take off drastically last year was the adoption of this mentality. We watched as entrepreneurs and web geeks alike employed one page websites to promote a new project or service they wanted to advertise or share. Want to create a portfolio to showcase your work, well you’d most likely use a one page website to get it done. This isn’t something that just hobbyist or geeks jumped on board with, but even large companies like Sony and Peugeot came along for the ride.
Responsive Web Design Became one of the top 2014 Design Trends
I don’t know about you guys, but almost every website I browse on my tablet or phone lately just seems to be looking better and better. I mean they all display very nicely and are sized just right to my device! It’s safe to say that 2014 design trends brought about a major adoption of responsive web design. Businesses want to reach as many users as possible, so it’s a no brainer to put their websites right under the fingertips of consumers. It’s not just businesses adopting this design approach, even the average Joe is sporting a responsive blog nowadays. It’s safe to say 2014 was definitely the year of responsive web design.
Over the last two years, flat design has gained a lot of traction. It’s definitely one of the more notable trends that looks like it’s here to stay. Not sure what I mean by flat design? Well if you’ve ever used Windows 8 before, you’ve seen flat design first hand with their Metro Interface. Flat design is generally considered to be one that’s very minimalistic, sharp, and bright. It takes us back to our roots of web design, focusing on using design as a functional tool, putting emphasis on user experience. It’s such a pure and clean method of design, no wonder it makes our list for the top design trends of the year.
What web designer in their right mind can think back to the year 2014, and some neurons in their brain doesn’t fire off connections relating to Parallax scrolling?! Ok I got a bit sciency on you there but I think you get my point. Parallax scrolling was one of the biggest design trends of 2014 by a long shot. Even big companies were getting in on the action by having websites built that used this nifty little effect. I mean, who doesn’t like websites that move or tell stories when you scroll, making it seem as if he website is coming off the page as go further down? We sure enjoyed having the opportunity to build websites for our client’s that use the effect.
Concluding 2014 Design Trends
Well guys, 2014 is over and gone. It was a great year, and one for the history books. We saw the good and the bad, but most importantly, we were able to share it with you! Our 2014 design trends recap has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop talking about it. Share what you thought should have made the list in the comments below.