New Year means another dose of new predictions for the web design and development. Thanks to the latest technology that has rocked the world of web development with a major difference. Many web designers and developers consider 2013 as a crucial year that brings new trends with itself. As we roll into 2013, we can expect several new trends that can create turmoil in the web development industry.

Get yourself ready for a tremendous shift centered on responsive websites, full newer browsers support, HTML5/CSS3 web standards, interactive user interfaces, new frameworks and pre-processors, retina displays and HD design, parallax and infinite scrolling, large typography, full-screen (or large) and blurred photo backgrounds, fixed header bars, and more.

In today’s post, I am going to discuss some hottest web design and development trends that you can expect in the year 2013. Let’s explore the upcoming must-know web design and development trends for 2013. Hope you find these trends insightful. Enjoy!

Future Trends Predictions For 2013

1. Go Responsive Please

Responsive Web Design

With the growing demand of mobile-friendly and cross platform single website, the Responsive website design (RWD) has gained huge popularity. The reason is simple – a responsive site supports desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone and smartphones.

RWD came into limelight as a trend in the start of 2012 to address all the breakpoints of cross platform compatibility. It works on the principle of making a site that responds as per user action and provides a better experience in all environments. In 2013, people are giving special attention to the responsiveness of the site that performs well on the different screen size of devices.

Responsive website design gained an instant hype as a cost-effective solution to get a single version site – a perfect unification of desktop and mobile version centered on various key factors such as Adaptative Content, Device Agnostic, Resolution Independent, dynamic and fluid layout, CSS3 media queries and Better User Experience on mobile and tablets.

Entering into an evolution in responsive age is a smart decision to target each and every specific customer’s behavior on all devices from laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, and anything released in the future.

2. Simplicity: The New Paradigm


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Simplicity and Minimalist website designs are a popular choice. This is a great approach centered on design interaction and content. This type of web layouts loads faster in comparison to more graphically complicated designs and give users a clean as well as professional impression. Another significant benefit of Simplicity & Minimalist layout is it makes the website content more accessible and readable, offering the best user experience.

Websites based on the principles of the latest trend of Simplicity & Minimalist come with Better Usability and Accessibility. Besides that, these sites are comparatively more efficient, searchable and multi-platform with key focus on your core product or services.

This new web design and development trend revolves around the basic idea of catching and holding one’s attention. A Simple & Minimalist layout is fairly crafty using background effect, easy to read text with catchy typography, one-click checkout process, sliding image presentations, use of big graphics and icons making a site capable enough to draw loads of attention.

Fullscreen Typography is another great approach that comes under the latest trend of Simplicity & Minimalist. Designers are using big oversized photographs and super-large text fitted perfectly in the background to create an attractive website layout. To make a great website layout, you can also add Big text with unique font styles and rich text effects using CSS3 properties.



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3. Retina Support


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A drastic change can be noticed in the popularity graph of websites supporting retina devices, which has implemented first by Apple iPhone 4, iPad and some MacBooks. The website layouts for Retina screens are usually having the same number of physical pixels, but the counts of pixel are twice digitally. So, web designers need to create two sets of pixel-perfect layouts supporting retina devices: first at double resolution and then save a “standard” version for half size to get crisp outputs on retina screens.

Retina.js is a JavaScript library, one great solution to create 2x retina copies of image and automatically display two copies. With this, web developers can easily address the issue caused by retina displays with some image-heavy websites that appears “grainy” when user browse website on a retina device.

4. Fixed Header Bars

Using the fixed header bars have emerged out as a great way to represent the header section of a website. It usually keeps the position of header’s navigation fixed when a visitor scroll down your page. Within a short time span, the Fixed Headers has gained huge momentum amongst the masses. The reason is simple – it offers a creative, trendy and exceptional user experience without compromising the look of navigation bar.

Some designers are often experimenting with the Fixed Navigation Headers by positioning them underneath the logo or at the top of website layout with the other important links. To use this type of navigation, you are required to create a wide layout style. You can also limit the width as per the content wrapper to get that same kind of effect.



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5. Large Backgrounds With Infinite Scrolling

Responsive websites with stunning big oversized photos in backgrounds has rolled out as another interesting trend. Such sites play a great role in capturing the visitor’s attention by pleasing their eyes with awesome large backgrounds well blended into the layout. Some designers are adding infinite scrolling effects along with eye-catching big oversized photos in backgrounds and this trend has not been slowing down. It gives a web portal more astonishing effect.

Endless parallax scrolling is an awesome technique for a web layout to make it more user-friendly. In this approach, the page continually loads as your website user scrolls down at different speeds. It has emerged as a great technique that results in better engaging user experience. Striking Parallax Effects can be created by using jQuery and CSS to add a great subtle effect for visitors that is amazingly inspiring.



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The Conclusion

Here is a quick glimpse to the aforementioned “Latest Web Design & Development Trends” that are subjected to mature with the time and giving birth to a whole new world ”

1) Say a big YES to Responsive and Adaptive design that brings a convenience of future-friendly and responsive layout.

2) Give more preference to User-Centric design concepts rather than paying sole attention to just the technical or visual aspects.

3) I don’t need to explain the significant importance of the mobile-first approach that makes your site accessible on mobile devices.

4) HTML5 and CSS3 is the future.

5) Add the goodness of Parallax Scrolling to your website.

To cope up with the constantly evolving web design and development industry, we have to adopt the rapidly evolving technology coming down the pipeline faster to develop a future-proof website. It’s time to redefine the future of your website and survive in today’s competitive world with a powerful web portal.

Karun Verma

Karun Verma is a perfectionist and an online marketing expert with keen interest in finding new ideas and innovations in internet. He is the founder of HTMLTUTS+, a blog based on inspiration in Development, Designing and Online Marketing Ideas.

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