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  1. Nice list- I’m particular pleased to see that ‘flat design’ made the cut. I was never a huge fan of gradients and making things look 3D when they’re really not. Maybe my background in Maya is to blame? 😉

  2. Awesome list! I love Flat Design, and am so excited to see what other designers do with it this year. Most of my projects that I have started this year will be flat and incorporate large images.

  3. I’m a huge fan of “flat” design, and it’s something i’ll definitley be incorporating into more of my work going forward. It just looks so much cleaner, and it’s easier on the eyes!

    Good stuff man!

  4. Love the scrolling – and giving things more room to breathe. The flexible design is a work in progress for us but taking apart the genesis themes has been a great tutorial!

  5. Great observations Rafal. As a designer I know it’s important to keep posted on these items as they become more of a focal point. I love to change these up as project scopes allow.

  6. Spot-on. I’ve noticed everything you’ve mentioned on plenty of sites, I just hadn’t taken the time out to research what the styles were called and what-not. Protocols are changing so quickly it’s harder and harder to keep-up.

  7. I agree with most of this article, particularly in regard to “flat” design, as it looks much cleaner and is easier to read/navigate.

    However, I can’t help but feel that a lot of these “trends” are just that: trendy, fashionable things which will be looked at with disdain 5-10 years from now. Heck, I’ll bet you money that 20 years years from now pages full of animated gifs and blinky text will be the cutting edge of design again!

  8. Some of the things I like best about recent design trends are…
    Choices in typography and “beautiful free web fonts” have radically changed web design for the better. Long scrolling pages allow more white space and make reading web pages much more enjoyable. They also allow bigger better and more detailed illustrations that help explain your message clearly.

    But the most important thing is what you say in reply to the first comment, I’m a fan of everything that “works” 🙂

  9. great work. I love flat design as well. I think the drop shadows and gradients are becoming a little redundant, but like you said, it’s on a project by project basis.

  10. I would definitely love to see more long pages. I used to work in a digital agency who built lots of campaign sites. The art director always wanted everything to fit above the fold, so we always ended up with tiny text and few images. The web page is long and tall, why try to fit everything into a browser window?

  11. Nice roundup.. thanks for your insights.
    What you call “flat design” is as much the result of low budgets and wanting to get results a fast as possible I think.
    And if enough people do it it becomes a trend…

    Nearly everytime I get a design with lots of dropshadows etc. it turns out that the designer spends most of his/her time designing for print.

  12. Great post! Thanks for sharing…

    Note: The two links under section one are dead, as of April 10th, 2013…

  13. Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in
    Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to
    give you a quick heads up! Other then that, wonderful blog!

  14. Nice little list. However I think a lot of these have been used / are being used. It would be great to have a think about the next “big” thing.
    I wonder what effect long pages will have on SEO as well, if the content of a site is all on one page, keyword dilution could be something of a problem.

  15. Hi Rafal,

    Thanks for utilizing BASIC as a best practices example and great job on this post. Iconography is also a popular trend right now that’s aiming to simply user experience and let designs breathe easier without giant clumps of text.

  16. All points are right. web designers in 2013 is not so easy without considering these points. I agree with your point on the strength of typography. Thanks for these info.


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  18. ‘In this tutorial, you show us how we can create best web design without the need of expensive software or plugins and get pretty similar results! Thanks for sharing.

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