Web Design Trend #4 • UI Patterns and Design Frameworks

Zazzle Media, by Jamie Leeson

The mobile-first and responsive approach to web design, as well as the increasing popularity of WordPress and pre-designed themes, has had a somewhat noticeable impact how many desktop sites work and look today.

What we’re starting to see more and more are both UI and UX patterns emerge across the web where many sites look and function in very similar ways as they learn from one another to hone their user’s experience…

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Web Design Trend #3 • Widespread Utilization of Rapid Prototyping Tools

Zazzle Media, by Jamie Leeson

Although not a design trend per se, rapid prototyping tools are definitely one of the most useful breakthroughs to hit the web design world over the last year or so and are a must-have tool for any web, UI and UX designer.

Rapid prototyping tools from services such as, UXpin, Webflow, InVision and Marvel (amongst many others) all allow designers to quickly create working low and high fidelity prototypes of sites and services to gauge their usability and aesthetic, all without writing a single line of code. Many also allow you to design in the browser and then actually launch the site itself right from the tool…

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Web Design Trend #2 • Wider Implementation of Responsive Design

Zazzle Media, by Jamie Leeson

We know what you’re thinking – first mobile first, and now responsive design? Neither of these are new for 2017!

Although responsive design is also something which has been around for a few years, what we predict to see over the coming year is an even bigger uptake in the number of brands, both big and small, who are building responsive-based sites.

For those who may not know what responsive design is, it’s essentially an approach to building a site using CSS media queries and flexible grids/layouts to create a single, dynamic site which adjusts and re-jigs it’s content to best display itself on various sized devices. It works hand-in-hand with mobile first, as mobile first designs the experience and the look, and responsive implements it…
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Web Design Trends for 2017 • Design Trend #1

Zazzle Media, by Jamie Leeson

Trends are well known changes that happen in all creative fields, and web design is no different. Born of experimentation and innovation, trends are the driving factors for change, which (for the most part) push an industry forward for the better.

The web is a unique environment which is constantly changing and evolving, and with that in mind, here we run down what we believe are 14 of the most important trends to monitor over the next 12 months.

We will be releasing a new design trend each week, keep checking our blog for more updates…
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Is your website ADA Compliant? And why you need to be sure it is!

Business.com, by Peter Brooke

If you’ve never heard of ADA website compliance before, your small business could be facing big trouble in the very near future.

Any business that has a physical location that is open to the public has already had some experience with meeting ADA accessibility guidelines. The Americans with Disabilities Act, known as ADA for short, requires businesses to ensure that all their customers have access to the same services, regardless of their physical limitations… Read More >>