Internet technologies are developing at an amazing speed. Imagine the internet as a carousel, spinning faster and faster. Some trends stay on, others are thrown off. Which trends do you want to bet on? Here are four important trends summarized: the internet goes mobile, responsive web design, HTML5 and CSS3 replace Flash, and one pagers.
Smartphones and tablets
More and more people access the internet with smartphones or tablet computers. A website not optimized for mobile devices looks, at best, really bad and is, at worst, unusable. You can test how your site looks at various screen sizes – for example, at 320 x 480 pixel (iPhone), or 768 x 1024 pixel (iPad). If you don’t like the results, it is time for a redesign
You could of course design and program an internet presence for all kinds of different screen resolutions, which would be very costly. But there is a simpler solution and it is called Responsive Design. The design of a website builds on a flexible frame and automatically adapts to the required screen resolution. Look at some of the 50 examples at DesignModo and compare the look and functionality of the pages on your PC, smartphone or tablet.
Flash is out – long live HTML5
Adobe no longer develops Flash for mobile devices – even though the internet is going mobile. Flash will sooner or later disappear from your desktop PC too. No wonder that more and more websites are programmed without Flash. Web designers are betting on HTML5 and CSS3, integrating multimedia, local storage, or dynamic 2D and 3D graphics without any plugins. Look at this selection of the best HTML5 websites and be inspired.
Scroll, scroll, scroll
Many say that we don’t like to scroll. Not true, say web designers who are betting on one pagers. They build websites optimized for mobile devices that show all the content on one page. You can scroll up or down, or find your way per navigation, usually placed on the upper edge of the page. One pagers are very suitable for simple websites such as product presentations. You will find a selection at One Page Love.