Responsive web design will cover all screens
When you start a sentence “wouldn’t it be cool if …,” you’re halfway there. Innovations and trends beget more innovations and trends. And the part that comes after that declaration – execution – has been bending the web in a new direction this year.
In 2013, content became king again. Design morphed into minimalist, clean form. App-style interfaces scaled our designs to fit on smaller and smaller screens. Which trends will continue? Some seem set on course. Visually, the ideas of minimal style, scalable graphics and touch-based user interfaces are here to stay. For technology, retina images, cross-platform building and HTML5 will continue to drive development. But the next great ideas probably haven’t even been put to paper (ok, computer screen) yet.
As mobile device usage increases, consumers are able to see our sites on devices of their choosing. And that means screens of all sizes.
Web and mobile design no longer live in separate caves. The choice to go with native mobile apps or a responsive site is no longer there, because the divide is not between desktop and smartphone. Now, it’s among desktop, laptop, tablet, phablet and smartphone. The “lite” version of a site is already dead.
Tomorrow’s trend will be design that’s simple enough for mobile, but with the functionality of a full screen. Sites that take hundreds of hours to create need to be consumable in a matter of seconds.