The web design rules are changing because of how web designers are using new trends to make it more interesting and easier for visitors to navigate. Wed designers are getting more creative in problem solving, using illustrated images, mixing real, and auto play sounds to send their messages. Some web designers are even adding layers on top of company logos, which is the most current and popular technique used in web design. In the most recent past, these concepts were thought of being taboo. Let’s take a look at the various web design trends that you too can consider and incorporate into your online business.
Auto Play Sound
The web design rule in the most recent past was to exclude sound from your website unless optional. Moreover, you were not allowed to use auto play either. Well, things have changed. What was considered the hogging of bandwidth and interfering design features are now acceptable. Sound has now been incorporated into content related to media. These include news content, storyline, movies, game, or music. If you are going to use auto play sound, you have to give the user an option to turn it on and off, especially users who don’t care for the sound in their online interaction. You should have a sound buffer to show the user that the sound is loading. Along with an on and off switch, the user can choose to turn off the sound before it loads. Design your website wisely so that the user can access your content with or without the sound.
Combination of Images and Illustrations
Web designers are now crossing the line between illustration and photography. Hand-drawn components and mixing real are being used to add a whimsical air to a web design project. This allows the content to be more visually captivating and fun for the user. You should do this so it has a lasting effect on the user. Here are some tips:
- Use the illustrations in your buttons and icons and use the photography when creating a visual effect that is dominant
- Use most of your visual pattern as illustration and add an image or short video to specific areas for an highlighting effect
- Close to images, add illustrated components that are animated
- Create an illustrated logo or badge to be used to highlight company brand photos or to be used on product packaging
- Illustrations and photos can be used to tell a story and to guide the user
Use of Badges on Images
If you are not comfortable with most of these web design trends, try creating badges. The badge acts as a focal point, very striking and effective. This phenomenon is similar to the evolution of hero image headers.
If you are ready to embrace any of these web design trends, you have to just be brave and do it, whether it is mix real, auto play music or illustrated imagery. If not, then you can start by choosing to incorporate a badge on top of a hero image. Continue to make adjustments as you go along.