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29Apr

Web design trends come and go, so it’s highly important to keep track of the latest web design tendencies in order to remain competitive on the market. The team standing behind MonsterPost made an in-depth research of the latest website design trends, carefully examined 70 resources on the matter and made up a compilation of 65 top website design trends covering all aspects of the contemporary web design.

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Thus, the chart includes multiple examples and clear explanations of web design trends dealing with the layout structure, images, animation, scrolling, website usability, loading, coding and other. In addition to the clear, concise explanation, each trend is illustrated with a live example of how it was achieved on web resources.

The compilation is truly informative and helpful, so is worthy of being bookmarked for further references.

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26Apr

We are always looking for the ways to make our web projects more impressive than the ones of our competitors. That’s why we are always striving to upgrade our blogs, online portfolios, business and eCommerce sites or whatsoever with a unique, eye-catching style.

Vintage web design elements are among the most proven ways of catching the users’ eye with elegant curls and swirls yet making your web project look elegant and pleasant to the eye at the same time.

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As a trend, vintage originated in the 19th and 20th centuries. The key elements that characterize it are all-that-natural components like wood, rough paper, cloth, artificially aged objects, etc.

So, if you would like to add a “tailored” look to your web resource, then the following vintage mockup free compilation for web designers will surely come in handy to you.

The collection includes 200 free mockups that you can use for various purposes. Logo templates, mockups, icons, fonts, textures, vectors, brushes, text effects, Photoshop actions, and other elements were thoroughly handpicked and presented in one easy-to-browse compilation. So, if you are looking for a cool vintage-inspired freebie for your website, there is a lot to choose from in the post.

3Sep

The song says ‘Wake me up when September ends’, but for web designers it’s absolutely not applicable. Why? Because designers cannot be even sleepy in their business – they have to keep finger on the pulse to be in the know of the tiniest changes in web design trends.

Since autumn has come, it’s in your hands to change a color trends destination – use the autumn colors in your designs.

We offer you a piece of autumn web design inspiration – an ultimate set of websites which use the autumn colors (yellow, orange and red) in their looks.

Here are several facts about red color scheme.

First of all, it grabs attention. Web design with red color will always be the first to notice, regardless of its shade.

Secondly, red evokes appetite. Not surprisingly, it’s widely used in food-related business web design as main or complementory color.

Thirdly, having chosen the right shade of red color, you can convey passion, feminity, warmth, coziness or professionalism.

The biggest companies like Coca-Cola, Google, Pinterest, Lego and Virgin use red color as their primary, and the result of the logo impact speaks for itself.

Red varies in shades, but the influence it has – stays.

Get inspired!

And speaking of big brands, we’ll actually start with one of them. Check out the first one, KFC website:

1. KFC

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13Jun

The popularity of online shopping is growing at tremendous speeds. There are plenty of reasons why people are shifting online, like saving time, looking through the full list of products on offer and their prices in a more appropriate way, the possibility to keep track of special offers and buy stuff at a discount. Many retailers are starting online stores to broaden their client base and engage new buyers in. Setting up your web resource you should not only think about its attractiveness and visual appeal, but also convenience of use.

By building their online stores, small town merchants can open doors to the worldwide audience and gain international recognition. Selling stuff online turns out to be a more convenient way of doing business for both retailers and buyers since people don’t need to come into a local store, stay in the queue, and roam around the store in search of the most appropriate item. None of these are the same as browsing through an online shop with the whole variety products displayed right in front of you.

So, if online shopping is so much enjoyed by modern shoppers, why don’t all merchants get their companies online? The biggest barrier preventing them from following this track is the fear of technology. Many of them think that without adequate support of a pro they wouldn’t be able to set up a fine site. However, that is not true. The web is flooded with thousands of ready-made themes (both free and premium) that can help one develop a store of his/her dreams with a click of a button. The rule of success is rather simple – don’t be afraid of trying something new.

4Apr

Today it’s hardly possible to find a smartphone user who is not familiar with mobile apps and their simplicity. People of all ages – from kids to adults – can find apps that fit their needs and use them for different purposes, sometimes very private ones. So, why not make use of mobile app design and reflect it in a common desktop website that would imitate the style and interface of mobile apps? App style interfaces are distinguished by their intuitive structure, easy navigation and bold design. Let’s come up with the key trends of app style interfaces and have a look at the 15 coolest examples of such sites.

App Style Design Trends

What do we mostly appreciate in mobile apps? Their simplicity and intuitive interface, which can be also applied to app style web design. Such websites commonly feature flat layout and focus on usability rather than gradients and realism. Have a look at wistia. What does its layout resemble? I guess it would remind you of the tile-base Widows 8 user interface. Modern users don’t want to read and look, they prefer to look and do. Wistia meets such requirements perfectly.

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29May

We all know a lot about the advantages of responsive design. It gives the ability to make site accessible from various handheld devices. As a result, more viewers can visit it thus uplifting the conversion of the site. All this is good, but it is only one side of this problem. Having a site adjust to any screen resolution is a must-have point for site owners, but there is something else behind it. To understand it deeply, you should know a bit more about including the list of its minor cons. Let’s enumerate the main of them:

• You need a lot of time to code it.
• It is expensive. And if you have a low budget, perhaps, it’s better to utilize it for other points of building a site.
• It takes longer loading time.
• It’s not easy to adjust the titles, descriptions etc. on mobile phones. All it goes about SEO.
• Such sites aren’t viewed by search engine crawlers as separate mobile sites. That’s the reason they shouldn’t be viewed as a tactic to rank your website.
• According to the latest researches, people use 1024px resolutions and up, and this speaks not in the favor of responsive design.
Some users without technical knowledge will not understand the difference of layouts on different devices.

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16May

What’s difficult in designing a menu for mobile design is a small size of the screen. The idea is to arrange everything intelligently, and thus facilitate the users’ interaction with a site. The way menu is organized determines easy and intuitive navigation throughout the website. Much attention should be paid to designing a menu and all that buttons in order to make the site work.

The following post is focused on such elements of navigation in mobile interface as menus and buttons. Here you’ll see the existing examples of Menus And Buttons in Mobile Design cool execution and wise implementation in the layout. Hope, this post will inspire you for your own great designs.

A bit more inspiration is waiting for you in the post dedicated to Search Forms Solutions in Mobile UI.

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The Rooms

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Login Mobile

Login Mobile

5Apr

Today there is a huge number of web application frameworks that are designed to support development of dynamic websites, web applications, web services and web resources. Bootstrap has proudly taken the place of one of the greatest frameworks on the design market. Since it’s release in August, 2011, Bootstrap has undergone enormous changes and turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. But as always there is some more space for improvements which is why ever and anon his fathers release significant updates.

All web enthusiasts have been expecting the Bootstrap 3 release since December, but it is not announced still. You can check out the official preview site for Bootstrap 3 to learn more about its forthcoming launch. Just for today it can be said for sure, that the new version will drop some of the existing functionalities and gain the greater ones like improving responsive CSS, and centralizing community efforts. It is going to be “mobile first” and it means mobile friendliness from the start. Another fact about Bootstrap is its mostly flat design.

To make your anticipation of Bootstrap 3 release more pleasant, check out the existing Bootstrap themes here.

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Night Club Template

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Religious Template

20Mar

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? There is no strict answer for this question, but one thing is for sure – skeuomorphism imitates life in all the details. It’s a design trend that shows objects close to their real life analogues. In such a way it makes them familiar to the viewers that can act with them as they do in the real life. When the user sees the button in skeuomorphic design, he pushes it, when a switcher – turns on/of, etc. Elements look like objects from real life, and that’s why are inviting for the audience. For example, Apple widely uses this principle in its iOS devices, and all of them are immensely popular for the crowd.

All of you are familiar with audio and visual skeuomorph in design. The first one are most audio effects that accompany your operation with some elements of design (camera, calculator, buttons, etc). The latter are all that textures that are used to make objects close to life.

If you think that skeuomorphism is only a web product, you’re mistaken. There are imitations in the real life too. The fake leather, the hubcaps of wheels in cars (resemble earlier wheel construction), electric chandeliers that look like real candles, etc.

Of course, as each trend, this one has its pros and cons.

Pros
Users feel comfortable with it, it is quite engaging, really sells, it is appealing to the viewers and acts as a good communicator.

Cons
It overlooks functionality, it can confuse, good only for certain sites.

And that’s not all. More about this creative design trend you can learn here. If you still have question about:

• History of Skeuomorphism
• Types in Web Design
• Pros and Cons
• List of Free Skeuomorphic Textures
• Examples of First Skeuomorphic UI’s
• Real life examples of Skeuomorphism

feel free to check it out. Being interactive, this infographic will show you everything in creative manner. Revealing the hidden of information will be a captivating journey that you can start just now. Click the objects placed on the shelves, and see what happens. Her you’ll see thefull version.

Interactive Infographic about Skeuomorphic Design
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14Mar

All of us have read the celebrity mad libs. It’s a kind of short interview aimed at finding out some interesting facts about people. These sheets are usually posted in some magazines, attracting a number of visitors to view the point of a talk.

What is actually a mad lib? It’s a word game that was invented in 1958. It looks like a phrasal template where you need to fill the gaps with certain words and get the original story.

Is it only a game? No, some time ago this term was used in web design when Jeremy Keith made such a form for his site Huffduffer. His idea was to create the “human-friendly” sign up form, staying apart from the usual ones. Some time later this site showed the increase in conversion by 25-40%.

Do others use it? Yes, and one more time yes. The practice of using this form in sites gave the increasing number of unique visitors. Implementing this kind of form instead of the usual one, the site owners made people interested in this unusual design.

Made lib designs presume not only contact forms. Today’s designs show a number of examples of another cases of its usage. Of course, among them are original pages with the Mad Lib game, sign up forms, sometimes log-in forms, and even search forms. Isn’t it cool?

What does Mad Lib give to website designs?

At first, it’s originality. What else can engage the visitors, but not the unusual way of presenting a content? And what’s more important, it does make you to read the text.

Any drawbacks?

As each design trend, it has some cons. In this case these are the limitation of usage: it’s not always easy to create them and it requires the understanding of the language.

In any case, these is much positive feedback from using Mad Lib elements in website design. The only thing you have to remember is that the use of native language really matters.

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Work Food Out

Good example of human-centric design. You ask the visitor to log in using a polite address. It’s rather pleasant to accept this request.

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Vast

The example of a contact form that is really interesting to use for the search. This site offers to find the desired items in the style of a mad lib game.

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