Top 8 Web Design Trends that Emerged during 2014


With the ever-growing count of websites available over the World Wide Web, it often becomes tedious to find a unique niche. The perception of a good design has changed completely.

It is due to this reason that several web designers are always in search of innovative web design trends that can help them design websites that are capable of reaching maximum customers.

We’re in the middle of 2014 and it isn’t hard to witness the rise and fall of numerous web design trends. Through this blog, I’ll introduce you to 8 brilliant web design trends you’ll love to experience this year.

Design Trends that emerged during 2014

Web Design Trend No.1- Flat design continues to rule

Flat web design is all about keeping it clean, simple and contemporary.The reason behind the growing success of flat design is its clutter-free structure. With a flat web design, there’s a greater use of white spaces which improves the overall user experience.

Wistia flat web design is a great example of flat design.

Less is more, is what is followed when you work with a flat web design approach. Apple introduced the flat UI design on its latest iOS7 software. Hence, it was obvious that flat design will surely manage to rank amongst the most-used web design trends this year and 2014.

Web Design Trend No.2-Videos replacing text

The rest of 2014 will witness a faster replacement of text with videos. Being easier to produce and easier to share, videos will undoubtedly hold a significant place in all web design projects.

Videos in web design applies videos effectively.

Considering the incredible popularity of social media, replacing text with videos is perhaps the best means of designing websites that can serve excellent social media marketing results. Moreover, videos also serve as the most effective tools for communicating the company’s message.

Web Design Trend No.3-Longer scrolling and lesser clicking

According to major research studies, it has been found that people tend to spend more time on websites with greater scrolling and lesser clicking. The popularity of single page websites justifies this finding. Web designers will be able to enjoy the experience of experimenting with scrolling before delving with other pages included in the website.

Macaw is scroll scroll scroll is a great example of Longer scrolling.

Nowadays, internet surfers feel comfortable scrolling through a website rather than clicking on individual links to find information contained on the respective web pages.

Web Design Trend No.4- Personalizing the web content

Today, internet users hate websites with an impersonal touch mainly because they aren’t comfortable with the entire idea of dealing with another machine. Hence, whether you’re designing for a startup or an established business firm, it is quite essential for you to place content that is personal.

Personalized experience

The New York Times website gives a personalized user experience to each of their reader.

Make sure to place cheeky images in your web design. Doing this will help your customers in connecting with you.

Web Design Trend No.5-Embracing simple colors and ditching the brighter ones

Although the previous year 2013 had witnessed a remarkable increase in the popularity of bold and bright colors, this year the scenario would be entirely different.

Light colors are rising in web design is a great example of simple colors.

2014-15 will view the usage of light color pallets. Web designers would be experimenting with light grays, adding a light and clean look to the website.

Web Design Trend No.6- Dumping the sidebar

This trend is basically for the blog or magazine-type websites. The idea of dropping the sidebar makes way for a better visual impact via content. As a web designer, you need to focus on improving the reading experience and this can be possible if you drop the sidebar.

sidebar less designs

This trend of sidebar less web designs was initiated by ghost CMS themes. Now even WordPress designs and custom made HTML websites are following this trend.

Web Design Trend No.7-Including simple animations

Yet another web design trend that has been making grounds this year is the use of simple animations.

Simple animations are in culture is a great example of simple animations.

With the right set of animations and transitions included within your designs, it will be easier for you to keep the visitors engaged for a longer duration of time.

Web Design Trend No.8-Elimination of extended forms

With the rise of minimalist web designs, there has been an incredible improvement in the way forms are created. It has been found that longer the form, least are the chances for it being filled out completely.

Treehouse project website

Treehouse uses forums as community support system.

This year, web designers would focus on creating more of simple forms and less of the obnoxious ones that ask customers for every minute detail about their life.

Summing Up

Now these were the 8 much awaited web design trends that will definitely bring in a new revolution in the year 2014. If you too are a web designer, then these trends would’ve definitely encouraged you to unleash the hidden aspects of designing for the web.

Thanks for reading my post. Hope you’d have enjoyed it. Do spare a minute to drop in your views/opinions using the comments box provided right under this post.

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  1. Brian July 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Great article. I definitely feel like as our techniques mature we will see more comprehensive user experiences, and also I think some trends will come back in a cycle.

    1. Tayyab July 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I agree. Even clients these days have become so mature that they don’t demand a ‘stunning design’, they want a design with higher conversion rate, i.e. better user experience.
      And yes, design trends will come back. I got a friend in fashion design, she says that fashions come back every 40 years. I guess IT works at much faster pace so the cycle will not take 40 years here. 🙂

  2. Adam Hollister July 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    ” It was Apple which first introduced the flat UI design on its latest iOS7 software”.
    Really? Apple was extremely late to the game when it comes to flat design, the trend had already been well established for a long time before they created ios7. In fact apple was criticised for taking so long to drop their highly skeuomorphic style.

    1. Tayyab July 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Hi Adam,
      I think Maria is talking about this year only, not history. iOS7 was released in end of 2013 so she is implying that 2014 was obviously gonna be a year of the flat.
      Everybody knows Apple was pretty late in introducing flat, and being the experience designer that she is, she wouldn’t tell something silly.

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