Web Design Trends in 2014

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2014 is almost here, and we can expect some very cool changes in the coming year in terms of web design and web technologies. We’ve seen some very good progress in developing and experimenting with new technologies in web design from various

Web Design Trends to come and stay in 2014

Content is King

Yep, still! As described and used very commonly in 2013, we will surely be hearing about it a lot in 2014. It is still the actual content that will sell your product and get you the visitors.

What’s “Content is King”?

The phrase can be interpreted to mean that – without original and desirable content, or consideration for the rights and commercial interests of content creators – any media venture is likely to fail through lack of appealing content, regardless of other design factors. Content can mean any creative work, such as text, graphics, images or video. [Wikipedia]


Responsive Web Design

RWD has been ruling the web for about 2-3 years now. Fixed width websites are past. With the booming popularity of mobile devices, websites have to get ready to serve visitors with various mobile devices featuring a myriad of resolutions. I expect that we will see more and more websites going responsive in the coming year.



Somewhat related to Content is King, storytelling is something designers have successfully started mastering in 2013. Being probably the most effective way of web communication, this is definitely something we want to see in 2014, too!


Flat Design & Long-Shadow Design

In the early months of 2013, flat design has gained colossal popularity among designers and consumers, too. Designers started to love Flat UI, and created many website designs with those core colors. Users, on the other hand, tend to like the simplicity and cleanness of flat design, as it is really easy to scan through and consume its contents.

Long-shadow design is kind of a successor, but more like an addition to flat design. Featuring flat design’s core concepts, it adds some depth to the literally flat, dull interfaces. These two design trends are definitely here to stay for another year or two.


Multi-Layer Parallax Scrolling

In 2013, we started creating parallax scrolling websites, and quickly discovered the almost endless possibilities of this wonderful technique. For example, the endless number of layers mean endless creativity. It is certain that we will see a lot more websites featuring multi-layer parallax scrolling in 2014.


CSS4 Features

CSS3 is still not fully supported thanks to the lazy and non-caring users who are not willing to upgrade to a modern browser, but the development of the CSS 4.0 specification is going in a fast pace. We’ll soon be able to experience and implement some new features of CSS4. Some of them include:

Parent Selector

Probably the biggest addition I am personally waiting for; we’ll be able to select the parent of any element in CSS4.

For example, we can colorize the li element in which the a element has the class of active – instead of setting a color to the a.active element.

nav ul li! a.active {
    color: #654321;

Location-Based Pseudo Classes

Instead of using the old pseudo-state styling for links, which looks like this:

a:active, a:visited, a:hover {
    color: #654321;

…we’ll be able to use the :any-link pseudo-class:

a:any-link {
    color: #654321;

Also, we can expect something called a local link, that will allow us to style our local links differently to our global links. That’s also something pretty cool!

You can read more about CSS4’s New Features on Webdesign Tutsplus.

Video Backgrounds

Using video backgrounds have been extremely popular in the past few months, I’ve come across a myriad of them lately. And they look awesome! There is still a lot to improve on these, however, and this is why it’s going to be a major trend in 2014.


Web Design Trends going off in 2014

Extensive Forms

You must have already come across looong, boring forms on websites that require you a lot of information for just a quick sign up or a newsletter subscription. This is past – today’s users have a very very short attention span and they also want to get things done fast. In 2014, we have to ask for less to ask for more.

We should also make good use of HTML5 Input Types, which can simplify our forms even more. For example, instead of using 3 inputs for year, month and date, we can use the Date Input Type to make the inputting process a breeze. Click here to read more about HTML5 Input Types.


Featured Sliders

Sliders above the fold were a great invention many years ago when the web was a lot different. Nowadays, when we’re talking about clean web designs, and things like Content is King, we just can’t afford to waste so much space for a featured slider that has little to no purpose.



Flash banners will probably never go, but those slowly-loading Flash-based websites or website intros must go. The content of websites built with Flash cannot be crawled and indexed by Google and other search engines and therefore have a very bad SEO rating. Not to mention that Apple doesn’t support Flash anymore on their mobile devices.

We can create almost anything in 2013 using JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 — that means we have absolutely no need to use Flash anymore for our website designs.



These are some of the most anticipated changes to come in 2014. What do you expect the coming year to bring us? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed Web Design Trends in 2014.

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