I’m very interested in web design trends and try to keep up with a number of industry blogs. Design and user interface are essential aspects of running a successful website, so web design shouldn’t be something only web designers are interested in, but also business owners.
Earlier this year one of my favourite web designers in the WordPress space, Rafal Tomal (lead designer at Copyblogger Media), released a book called The Essential Web Design Handbook. The word book is a bit of a misnomer as there is much more to this release than just the book, as I’ll be describing in this review.
We, as web designers, are a naturally creative people. Using digital technology to express our ideas and passions is just what we do. While inventive layouts and eye-popping visuals are the most common ways to make our hard work stand out, typography remains an often overlooked avenue to elevate our designs.
Now that we are in the final quarter of 2014, we can conjure up an idea of what web design trends will be influencing the way we design our sites in 2015. This is obviously subject to personal preference, however certain trends seem to be featuring more predominantly throughout the web.
2014 (and a little earlier) has seen the introduction and use of some great features and styles, all of which make your browsing experience more enjoyable. WordPress has kept up very well with all these trends through a multitude of themes and plugins.
I am currently working on some site redesigns and as usual, I started to take a look around for some inspiration. It was then that I came across ‘Design for Conversions’, by Brian Casel.
Now this is not your typical web design book, what caught my eye is that Brian is specifically talking about design for a particular purpose, in this case conversions. In reality, we all want better conversions for our sites, don’t we? However not all design books and resources take that into consideration.