Most popular Web Development trends in 2015 - Part 1

Feb 18, 2015 by AdrianC

Imagine going to sleep in year 2005 and waking up in 2015... you refresh your websites and suddenly you get the feeling that something is terribly wrong. The whole website looks strangely flat, the elements arrange themselves when resizing the browser, and it seems to you that one of the websites has only 1 page. Also, what's up with that big image in the background?

Let me shade some light on all of this: the major changes in web design are mainly the result of the evolution of web development over the years, and this year is no exception.

Go responsive or go home


Example: http://www.anderssonwise.com/

Yes, I'm talking about Responsive Design. If this sounds familiar to you, it's because Responsive Design is a survivor of the top web development trends from the last year, just that this year we should see an increasing demand for responsive design (and not just for websites, but for native apps also).

The responsive design "frenzy" of 2015 can be attributed to wearable devices, and maybe smart TVs. Imagine the work that a web development company must perform in order to optimize a website for PCs, tablets, smartphones, wearables, smart TVs and maybe VR Headsets...

"Gargantuan" background images

Example: http://adventure.com/

The bigger, the better! This is the motto of this new web development trend. Those web developers who adopted it can say (from their own experience) that you can build a great website by using this philosophy - or you can go totally wrong with it!

What I want to say is that you can leave a very good impression by using this technique - you can present your latest architecture models, your finest photo, or advertise a fine looking Porsche 911 Turbo. But you can also have some problems with website loading times, or you can end up distracting the users, hindering readability. The biggest issue: a responsive type web development is harder when using large background images.

It's noteworthy to say that in this category we also have large video backgrounds - but this web development trend is not so popular as the former.

Large typography

Example: http://adayinbigdata.com/

Although large typography was already a web development trend in 2014, this year we should see "the big picture" more clearly. Large typography is mainly used in web development, in order to captivate the attention of visitors. So if you have something that needs to be read as soon as the visitor enters the page, this should do the trick!

Another benefit of large typography is that the website's content is easier to read on mobile devices, a benefit which will drive this trend further the road. Also, even desktop users will appreciate the readability that comes with large fonts (for example, I sometimes zoom in the browser in order to see the text better, so in this case, bigger fonts are a nice addition).

Update: Most popular Web Development trends in 2015 - Part 2 is here.




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