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Latest Website Design Trends For 2010

By Vinny Totino

Well, 2010 has finally arrived, and with it are new, innovative Website designs that will usher in the brave, new look of tomorrow’s online marketplace. There will be Web design trends that people will love and some they hate, and what is hot at the beginning of the year may be cold by year’s end. Additionally, the trend doesn’t begin and end on January 1st; there is a definite shift in ideas and trends as the year progresses, albeit a subtle one, as new ideas emerge and become more streamlined.

The trends that evolve help Web designers evolve as well, allowing them to master and refine their skills and to reach new heights of creativity and discovery. The team of Web designers at Active Web Group have identified the Website designs that we feel will be the hottest trends for 2010.

The Web design trends Active Web Group outline below mark a different trend view from 2009, but not a drastic one. Contact Active Web Group to incorporate any of these new and latest design trends into your custom designed Website.

Oversized Logos/Headers

Oversized logos with an oversized header are one trend that is already growing in popularity, and will likely populate many newly designed or redesigned websites in 2010. The main objective behind a huge header is to increase brand recognition and leave a lasting impression. They are intended to take over a significant portion of the splash page, enticing visitors to scroll down.

Sketches/Hand-drawn Designs

Sketching or Hand-drawn designs in 2010 will become not so much the main focus of a Web design, but rather a method used to personalize standard web copy and thus become an elemental part of corporate design. The sketch will help distinguish between a cold Web site and personal interaction.

Slab Typefaces

While slab typefaces have been around for quite some time, they are just now gaining important significance in Website design. Slab typefaces are usually all capital letters and are bold and imposing. They go hand in hand with large headers and can help express who you are as a company.

Typography

Typography was a big trend in 2009 and will quite possibly remain so in 2010. Websites utilizing Typography as their main design element may be more interesting to a reader than the same site with a large amount of images.

One Page Layouts

The development of one page layouts in 2010 will focus on personal profiles with a reduced corporate influence. Think online business cards. This Web design will focus on the individual, their blog, social media hangouts, etc.

Huge Images

A huge image is about creating a visual impact that the visitor will not forget, similar to the oversized logo/header. They are designed to draw the visitor further into the Website

Change of Perspective

The change in perspective to a more realistic view will mark a definitive trend in 2010. Playing around with different perspectives, such as a side-shot aerial, may be a particular element that finds its way into the web design mix.

Modal Boxes

In 2010, modal boxes are picking up steam. They are similar to a popup but much more engaging and less intrusive. Modal boxes are easy to design and use, making them a great solution for designers due to their ease of usability.

Minimalism

One of the trends Active Web Group sees coming in 2010 are Websites featuring loads of white space, bold typology and different color schemes. Minimalism will showcase some fresh colors that bring forth warmth and websites that are primarily focused in their delivery on information.

Oversized Footers

While we have seen only a small amount of Websites with oversized footers thus far, we believe 2010 will see this web design feature become an integral part of the overall design of the Website. Footers will highlight such features as: feed updates from social media outlets, photo and video feeds and more.

Retro

In an attempt to honor vintage art, 2010 will find Web designers turning to retro design. While a site that is done in retro might seem incomplete, the key to a successful retro design should be a focus on an inspirational tone and ‘playfulness’.

Intro Boxes

The attraction towards the development of an intro box on a Website in 2010 is the simplicity of introducing yourself to the visitor instead of struggling with the development of a creative ‘About Us’ page.

Magazine Layouts

The magazine layout in 2010 has come in part due to the migration from the traditional press to online infotainment. The development of a magazine layout gives the visitor all of the information they are seeking on one home page; this gives the visitor the opportunity to view everything quickly and at their convenience.

These are just a few of the most important Web designs Active Web Group believes will be the major trends in Website design for 2010. For more information contact Active Web Group today and let us design a custom Website for your online presence.

Active Web Group is a full service Internet marketing agency located in Hauppauge, NY on Long Island. We provide custom designed Websites, Search Engine Optimization, E-Commerce Marketing, Pay per Click Management and more.

Contact us at http://www.activewebgroup.com/contact.shtml for more information

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