When it comes to web design, my mantra hasn't changed over the years: let beauty be a consequence of great layout, navigation and usability decisions, not a goal or strategic objective to pursue. This is why I also think that an effective web design strategy can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to marketing, conversions and sales. But new variables and constraints are popping up all over the horizon, as innovation and technology changes paint an ever-changing panorama.
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How do you counter the constraints dictated by needing to have a mobile version of your site? What's the best approach to adopt for mobile web design? What is the state of the art when it comes to fonts on the web?
What's the relevance of HTML5, CSS3 and all these other techno-buzzwords you have now been here for a while? Do they affect the way your web pages should coded or upgraded? Are there new technical and design standards to be aware of?
In this selection of the best 2010 design articles from MasterNewMedia you will specifically find:
Here, the best on design from MasterNewMedia:
To foresee what the future holds for web designers in 2011, here is a curated list of predictions and future trends shared by some of the leading web designers and web design writers. Richer typography, a paradigm shift on mobile design and new online standards seem to be the strongest areas of interest.
by Debbie Hemley - January 4th, 2010
While having a beautiful web design is important to attract casual visitors and retain familiar clicks, web design trends have other benefits in terms of marketing as they can play a big role in stimulating conversions and sales on your pages. In this overview, the editors at Marqui dissect five top website design trends for 2011 based on their popularity, visual appeal and ability to help your marketing initiatives.
by Marqui Editors - December 9th, 2010
With the whole web design industry abuzz with new specifications like HTML5 and CSS3, and cutting-edge frontiers like the mobile web, you might wonder what the future will look like in the new year. Here are four predictions for the future of web design in 2011 to help you make sense of these fast-changing times.
by Jacob Gube - December 30th, 2010
It is often tough for small businesses to stay up on the latest web design trends because of the cost involved with redesigns and the necessity of being accessible by a broad range of users. Still, there are some great web design trends for 2011 that small businesses should consider incorporating into their sites to stay fresh. Here's what.
by Christina Warren - September 22nd, 2010
The world of web fonts and web typography is exploding and we are at a stage when using real fonts on the web is finally a viable option. For web designers, this is huge news because it means a greater degree of control over how content is displayed, while for the end user, it means a richer web experience. Let's see what's cooking for 2011 in web font design cauldron.
by Christina Warren - September 21st, 2010
Users increasingly turn to smartphones and tablets to consume and create content, whether on the go or on the couch. The Apple App Store and the Android Market both have app collections in the hundreds of thousands. As mobile platforms have evolved over the last few years, some of the common design practices of the past have ceded to new styles and techniques which will become increasingly relevant in 2011.
by Christina Warren - January 26th, 2010
Less Flash technology, smartphone compatibility going even further, unique and innovative use of photography and artwork, clean low-page-weight-but-bold designs, and early but cautious adoption of up and coming web standards. These are some of the hottest future trends for 2011 in the universe of web design.
by Ben Greenwood - November 24th, 2010
In 2011 a traditional website will no longer be sufficient as more and more individuals are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices. This will not only affect small business websites, but ecommerce tactics as well who will have to rely on a solid website design to be useful and attractive. Here is a deep dive into mobile and online web design trends for 2011.
by Shashi Bellamkonda - December 30th, 2010
How will you stay relevant as a designer in 2011? The supreme designer is able to create an environment which charms and captivates the user to the point where he does not want to find the 'Back' button. Several elements come together to forge such a wonderland: harmonious color scheme, intuitive design, easily accessible information and fast response. But in 2011, you are no longer at the forgiving discretion of the desktop, or even laptop, computer. Now, your design must contend with smart phones, netbooks, tablets and the like. Take a gander at the top 11 trends for 2011.
by Jacqueline Thomas - January 4th, 2010
Originally prepared by Robin Good, Daniele Bazzano and Elia Lombardi for MasterNewMedia, and first published on February 8th, 2011 as "*Web Design Future: Guide To The Best Predictions For 2011".
Web Design Trends To Think About for 2011 - Ronen
Top Five Web Font Design Trends to Follow - myJanee
5 Design Trends That Small Businesses Can Use In 2011 - Yuri Arcurs
Top Website Design Trends for 2011 - Pablo631
Top Website and Website Design Trends for 2011 - Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Four Predictions for Web Design In 2011 - Andres Rodriguez
Web Design Predictions for 2011 - Peter Gnuskin
7 Hot Trends In Mobile App Design - tupikov
Web Design Trends In 2011 - Rafael Angel Irusta Machin
Originally written by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia.Robin Good -