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2014 Web Design Trends Predictions

One of the main jobs of designers is keeping pace with the current design trends, this includes knowing what’s cool and what’s not. There are many reasons for this, most of which you should already understand, but in short it’s money. If you are able to know what’s hot and current more people will look to you for designs and it increases your ability to get hired (assuming you’re looking for a job) and get noticed by others in the design community.

1. Content First

A trend that has grown large recently, and will continue to grow, is the content first trend. Rather than building a website and throwing the content in later, more and more designers/developers are working around the content. Creating content first for a website and then designing around it should be what every designer/developer does. It makes for less headaches down the road and it looks a lot better and more consistent throughout the website. It’s not always that simple though because clients aren’t almost always late in terms of content for a website.

Websites that focus more on content rather than the visuals usually turn out better (not always though) because they have a more minimal layout and design (which is another big trend prediction for 2014). Below I’ve gathered some examples of websites that focus solely on content.

A List Apart is a great example of a website that is built around content.

A List Apart Website

Another great example is zerosixthree.se, built, created and written by Sebastian Ekström. This site uses minimalism and content to create a beautiful design that makes you want to read everything on the website.

Zero Six Three

2. Hexagon

I predicted this trend for 2013 but it didn’t quite take on as I had originally thought. Anyways, hexagon shapes will begin to replace the traditional square and circle shapes that you are used to seeing. Below are a few examples of what I mean by hexagon design.

Melborp’s website does a great job of illustrating this trend. The hexagons work beautifully with the website and give users something different and new to look at.

Melborp's website

Built by Buffalo is another great example of hexagons in web design, take a look below.

Built by Buffalo website

3. Lightweight

With mobile taking over the internet browsing world, it’s important to make sure your website loads fast. Why? Because cell phones don’t have the high speed internet that you have at home/work. One thing many designers/developers are doing to insure lightweight websites is cutting out all the unnecessary stuff like massive images, logos, “cool” animations, videos, etc.

Focus on things that your website NEEDS not things you think are cool. This lightweight trend goes hand in hand with content first and minimal design, cutting the fat allows you to speed up your website, focus on content, and give it that minimal look.

4. Faster Loading/Fewer HTTP Requests

Faster loading websites goes in hand with lightweight, but I wanted to elaborate a little on other ways websites can load faster. For those of you that are unfamiliar, an HTTP request happens when a user visits your website. The users computer requests styles, scripts, images, web fonts etc. from the server and that in turn loads the website in their browser window for them to view. The more HTTP requests required the longer the website will take to load, for example, if you have 4 different Google web fonts in your header, an HTTP request is sent for each of those fonts.

This will cause a website to load slower because of all the extra work from requests happening behind the scenes. Limiting these requests can help speed up your website. An easy way to cut back on HTTP requests is by creating sprites for images, this way you aren’t loading multiple images individually, instead you’re loading one large image file that includes multiple images on it. Other ways including combining CSS into one file, combining scripts into one file, and limiting the amount of fonts being used on the website.

5. User Experience

The days of flash and crazy animations on web pages are gone. Web designers and developers are focusing more and more on the user rather than trying to get an Awwwards ribbon on their web page (or they should be at least).

The goal of any website is to communicate information easily to the user in a way they can figure out and understand. Websites that are nothing but a ginormous image do nothing but get in the way of what a web page visitor is truly there for. Using an informative paragraph of text or video is a better alternative in my opinion.

CSS3 and HTML5 are helping us out a lot with this. We are now able to provide minimal animations for the user experience without bloating the site to the weight of 2MB+.  That’s why 2014 will be the year of the user, more and more developers and designers will create websites that are simple and easy to use; but also be an enjoyable user experience that doesn’t take minutes to load.

6. Mobile First

We’ve been over it many times, mobile is still going to be in this year and you can be sure its use will continue to grow throughout 2014. Websites will begin to be built with mobile in mind; icons that you are familiar with on mobile devices will start to be used in place of text (the menu icon for instance) on websites.

The user experience of websites will also begin to shift towards that of a mobile device where navigating through it will be similar to how you navigate through a website on your mobile phone.

7. Serif Typeface

This may be a towards the end of 2014 web design trend. The use of Sans Serif typefaces are going to slowly fade away, as regards for regular paragraph type, and plain serif type will start to replace it. I am already beginning to see more blogs (that focus on content) switch to a Serif typefaces. I have an article in the works that will dive more in depth regarding this so stay tuned.

8. Minimal

Are you noticing the similarities between all these trends yet? I’ll give you a hint, they all have to do with minimalism. Defined, Minimalism is the art of stripping down an element to only the necessary essentials it needs in order to function. When done correctly in web design, it leaves the user with a sophisticated impression and ease of use.

Minimalism really took off last year among the big players and that means this will be the year that it will be fully adopted by others. The basic idea behind a minimalist design is to remove the clutter and use only what you need. Apple has been doing a great job of this for years in both product design and interface design. Below is a great example of a minimal website, for more check out our article 19 Minimalist Website Examples

The Kitchen Website

Conclusion

There you have it, the 2014 web design trends. 2014 will be the year of simplicity which will greatly benefit all designers, developers, and even end users.

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5 Minimal Packaging Designs

A minimal design is one whereby all elements or details that are not directly related to the overall composition of the product or features of the design are deemed irrelevant and, thus, omitted.  It fundamentally strips down the design to such a simple outlook that it forces you to focus in on the quality of the product without being distracted by the aesthetics of the imagery.

This technique has been employed within the packaging sector for decades and today we are going to discuss 5 products that use minimal designs and the effectiveness of these designs.

1. Sliced Bread Notebook

The packaging of Sliced Bread Notebook uses simple typography, rather than advanced imagery, in order to emphasize the quality of the product. By choosing to use this minimal design instead of, say, a huge image of a slice of bread, plays on the consumer’s mind. It forces the consumer to take a second look, as it leaves them wondering as to what exactly the manufacturer is trying to sell.

After the first glance, they will begin to wonder if the product is a notebook or a loaf of bread. The use neutral colors were also extremely smart, as it allows the typography to stand out on the packaging.

Sliced Bread Notebook Packaging

2. Water in a Box

Designate – an advertising agency in Brighton – were responsible for creating this beautiful minimal design. Their objective was to produce a clean and simple design that would greatly enhance the marketability of the product. The blue and white color palette with the water drop icon, which was used for the main product, is what they opted to use to market the product.

This simple, minimal design speaks of the quality of the product. By simply looking at the design, the consumer’s mind is lead to imagine the level of purity and cleanliness that the product has and pushes them to purchase the product, in order to test the taste. The use of bold text also grabs the attention of anyone who comes across it.

Water in a Box Packaging

3. Meat Gift Wrap

The meat gift wraps are as minimal as you can get. They have a simple design that comprises of a clear exterior with an address paper attached for you to address the meat to your gift receiver, as well as any messages you may have for them. Unlike the traditional gift wraps with overbearing colors or a dark brown paper bag, this minimal design allows the consumer to clearly see their cut of delicious meat and makes them want it even more.

Meat Gift Wrap Packaging

4. Thelma’s Cookies

The simple minimal design of Thelma’s packaging smartly plays on the term ‘fresh from the oven’. The box opens beneath four range top burners that have been printed on the top of the box. Although simple, this package speaks of the quality of the product, as well as heightens the marketability of Thelma’s brand.

Thelma’s Cookies Packaging

5. Nike Air

The new packaging released in Berlin for the classic Nike Air trainer employs a minimal design that plays on the air aspect of the brand. It comprises of a transparent air filled container, used in place of the traditional shoe box. This allows the consumer to clearly see the product at first glance. The labeling and branding of the product is also clearly visible, which creates a greater appeal to the consumer to buy the product.

Nike Air Packaging

All in all, these minimal designed packages help to enhance the marketability of the products by drawing appeal to their quality, without the distraction of irrelevant imagery or content. These packages prove that sometimes “less is more” and, as displayed above, its use can heighten the salability of the product by attracting consumers and playing on their senses of sight and touch.

Minimal Classic Children Story Posters

We are super late for artist of the month this month, but we didn’t miss it! Artist of the month for September 2013 goes to graphic designer Christian Jackson. Christian, born in Wisconsin and currently residing in the west suburbs, St. Charles, IL (Chicago); has been doing graphic design for 10 years now.

I chose Christian as September artist of the month because of his minimalism graphic design project, Classic Children’s Stories. Minimalism has been very popular recently and so have the re-designing of movie posters in minimalist form. These poster designs by Christian have encompassed the barest possible design while still being able to let you recognize which story they represent.

You can view/follow more of Christian via the links below:

Before we get to the posters though, I wanted to share with you some of the questions I had a chance to ask Christian in a quick interview.

How old are you?

Just turned 31 on September 15th.

What made you want to become a Graphic Designer?

I grew up in a very creative home. I’ve illustrated all my life. However my brain is just as much technical as it is creative. The organization of design really appealed to me, and it was a way to make my creativity lucrative and inevitably do what I love for the rest of my life – create!

What University(s) did you attend and what is your degree in?

Ha! No universities, just a terrible technical school that I don’t want to credit by even mentioning its name. I got my degree in print design, but now I work in interactive. Outside the basic fundamentals of design, I’m completely self-taught.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

Well I did small design jobs here and there on the side of a lame full-time job for years, but my first official full-time design gig was with VSA Partners.

Tell us a little about Sinch Art & Design:

Sinch started in 2007. Back then it was known as Square Inch Design. It’s my freelance alias for art and design. Online it’s a place where I post my latest work whether it’s a new art print for sale or a new interface for a client, and I also share a plethora of inspiration from other designers on my blog.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? My time is always filled with something if it’s not client work, then it’s personal side projects, like the children’s book I’m currently illustrating (http://imaginemaggie.com). And when I’m not working I have two, tiny, crazy, little girls that keep me plenty of busy… and entertained.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

There is a thriving design community out there, which of course you already know. You’re blog in a great part of it. I’m plugged in all the time. Design in constantly in my vision. And though I draw a lot of inspiration from it, I’d have to say that my biggest source of inspiration is derived from ugliness. Things that are poorly designed really get my creative mojo going. I can’t help but try and come up with ways to make it better.

What does your office look like?

It’s the exact opposite of inspiring, which is just how I like it. I put a small desk in the corner of my loft. It has wonderful light and that’s all I need. I freelance and most of my creative thinking happens away from my desk. If I’m at my computer I’m working. So, the fewer distracting frills the better.

What design tools/software do you use?

I tend to stick to Photoshop and Illustrator for my design work. There aren’t very many print jobs these days so InDesign remains neglected which is just the way I like it. I also do a lot of illustration work, and for the digital stuff there is nothing better the Sketchbook Pro. It’s the most real-to-life drawing and painting app I’ve ever used. Hardware wise, I’m still rockin’ my iMac from 2009, and a Bamboo Wacom Tablet from 2007. You don’t need the latest tools to do the job right I guess.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

It use to be Chrome across the board but since iOS 7 I’m diggin’ Safari on mobile and I keep Chrome for my desktop.

What are some of your future goals as a Graphic Designer?

To not be one… or at least not in the traditional sense. The only downside to my job is having clients, and if any of my clients are reading this right now, well… it’s true and I’m not sorry. I love designing, and I love creating things. My ultimate goal is to do it at my own discretion without the restrictions of what the client wants. I want to use my design abilities as an art-form and make things based on my own interests and inspirations. If people like it and want to buy it, then great! No client strings attached. It’s selfish and far fetched I know, but the heart wants what it wants.

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Now the fun part, his graphic design project! Here are just a few of the classic children’s stories posters by Christian, you can view all of them on his website here. These children story posters were done using the minimalist approach. You can also order any of these from Christian’s website to be put on a poster, iPhone case, T-Shirt, card, pillow, and more.

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Goldilocks & The Three Bears Poster by Christian Jackson

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz Poster by Christian Jackson

Pinocchio

Pinocchio Poster by Christian Jackson

Rapunzel

Rapunzel Poster by Christian Jackson

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Poster by Christian Jackson

Snow White

Snow White Poster by Christian Jackson

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs Poster by Christian Jackson

Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & The Beast Poster by Christian Jackson

Cinderella

Cinderella Poster by Christian Jackson

Jack & The Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Poster by Christian Jackson

Chicken Little

Chicken Little Poster by Christian Jackson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Poster by Christian Jackson

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14 Flat Free WordPress Themes

The age of flat design is among us, everywhere you look companies are re-branding and re-designing to stay with this trend. Although some consider the trend of flat design to be overrated and overused, I believe it is one of the few trends that needs to be used more. Flat design isn’t just about the color or the non-beveled look, it’s about usability and drawing the users focus to what matters.

That said, having a website that is clean and user friendly is a must. Most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to afford for someone to build them a flat website or decent looking trendy website though. That is why I’ve put together this collection of flat WordPress themes that are all completely free, so all users have to do is upload one of these themes to their WordPress site and they’re now trendy :). All of these themes have two things in common, they encompass the flat design trend and they’re modern looking.

1. Revera by Fab Themes

One of my favorite themes in this list, revera utilizes a large homepage image slider to showcase posts. This theme sticks with the simplicity all around and shows off the 4 latest portfolio items and the 4 latest blog posts in sections below the slider.

Revera WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

2. Duena by Duena Studio

Duena utilizes some beautiful typography along with flat design elements and bright colors. This theme is perfect for personal blogs, it includes a homepage slider and is fully responsive.

Duena WordPress Theme by Duena Studio

3. Current by Site Origin

An extremely minimal and flat theme, Current is a great theme to help you show off your creative work in simple fashion. This is great blank canvas for developers and designers to build off of.

Current WordPress Theme by Site Origin

4. BirdFLAT by sysbird

BirdFlat is a very simple flat theme that is built in a pinterest style layout. This theme is fully responsive and is perfect for showing off your images.

BirdFLAT WordPress Theme by sysbird

5. Fizz by Site5 Themes

Fizz is the prefect example of modern and flat mixed together. One thing that stands out on this theme is the horizontal image slider on the homepage. This theme is fully responsive and great for a corporate style or business website.

Fizz WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

6. Time by Site5 Themes

Beautiful and simple, Time is a great theme to use for a personal portfolio and blog. Time is a fully responsive WordPress theme and is widget ready.

Time WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

7. Oceanus by Fab Themes

Oceanus is a great flat WordPress theme to use for a news style blog. It comes with a jQuery style slider on the homepage that displays a title and featured images from a selected category.

Oceanus WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

8. Mordor by Fab Themes

Mordor is a great visual theme that focuses on imagery and a very minimal and flat design. This theme is sidebar widget ready and includes a full width homepage jQuery image slider.

Mordor WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

9. Helix by Fab Themes

Helix focuses on a full screen slider and has a flat style menu on the left side of the theme. The blog setup on this theme is beautiful and it’s perfect for a personal portfolio style blog.

Helix WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

10. Garvan by Fab Themes

Garvan is a great news and online magazine style theme for any kind of blog. Garman focuses a flat design in a very minimal aspect.

Garvan WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

11. Binary by Fab Themes

Binary is a blog style WordPress theme that utilizes a widgetized left sidebar. Blog posts include featured images and excerpts on the homepage.

Binary WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

12. Virtue by Kadence Themes

Virtue is a minimal and flat style theme perfect for ecommerce websites. This theme is fully responsive and Woocommerce ready, it is also retina ready. The homepage features a large image slider, a featured projects section, as well as a latest blog posts section.

Virtue WordPress Theme by Kadence Themes

13. My Flatonica by myThemes

Flatonica is a fully responsive, very simple, full width, and flat style WordPress theme from myThemes. This theme supports custom background images, colors, logo, and favicon so you can easily manipulate it to your personal style.

My Flatonica WordPress Theme by myThemes

14. Pelican by Fab Themes

Pelican is a WordPress theme that is image focused. It’s flat style and large typography help to catch visitors attention. My favorite part about this theme is the hover effect on the images, each blog post’s featured image displays the title and read more button that folds from the left on hover, a very cool effect. This theme contains sidebar and footer widget areas.

Pelican WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

Minimal Pixar and Disney Characters

August’s artist of the month is Mirko Landi, a 22 year old graphic designer from Milan, Italy. When asked what made him want to become a graphic designer Mirko answered:

“When I first started studying Visual Communication I didn’t quite expect this job to be the way it turned out to be. I got passionate understanding the importance of creating something which just not looks good, like art itself, but actually finds the best way to incorporate both beauty and meaning.”

“I don’t usually call myself just a graphic designer, cause I believe that what I deliver is beyond graphic – it’s a product, it’s sell-able and has a message in it. At the moment I’m working really hard to grow my graphic and visual skills to become a brand strategist and a consistent Art Director.”

Mirko has created these minimalist Pixar and Disney characters which he says is one of his dearest projects. It was developed independently as a personal project while having his best time in Australia. He goes on to say:

“I think that my attitude to the project reflects my state of mind during that time (in Australia). I’ve always been a great fan of traditional animation and I wanted to represent their beauty with a consistent style and create a sort of animation encyclopedia. It’s now been more than a year ago but I still wish to find the time in the close future to keep on developing this project, which also got so unexpectedly appreciated, maybe with an animated icon/gif version. Stay tuned!”

I’m glad I stumbled across this awesome project, I think it’s one of the more creative things we’ve published here on Enfuzed and I hope you all enjoy it. You can check out more from Mirko on his behance page.

Woody

Woody Minimal Pixar and Disney Character design by Mirko Landi

Buzz

Buzz Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Mr. Potato

Mr Potato Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Alien

Alien Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Nemo

Nemo Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Mike

Mike Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Carl

Carl Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Stitch

Stitch Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Lightning

Lightning Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Wall-E

Wall-E Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Eve

Eve Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Po

Po Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Ariel

Ariel Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Cinderella

Cinderella Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Pinocchio

Pinocchio Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Snow White

Snow White Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Totoro

Totoro Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

Turnip-Head

Turnip-Head Minimal Pixar and Disney Character Design by Mirko Landi

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Forrest Gump Minimalist Poster design by Eder Rengifo

Minimalism has been one of the bigger trends this year in both web design and graphic design. Another big design trend this year has been minimal poster designs. You may remember a few past articles we had on movie poster designs: 16 Minimalism Movie Posters and Alphabet Movie Posters. Here below we have 12 more minimal movie posters to add to the collection.

These movie poster designs were created by Eder Rengifo, a 21 year old graphic designer from Peru, using his favorite movies. You can follow Eder on Twitter and Behance to stay to date on his current projects.

Star Wars

Star Wars Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Kill Bill

Kill Bill Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

The Matrix

The Matrix Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

American Beauty

American Beauty Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Cidade de Deus

Cidade de Deus Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

The Ring

The Ring Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Amelie

Amelie Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates of Silicon Valley Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

Inglorious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

The Truman Show

The Truman Show Minimalist Movie Poster Design by Eder Rengifo

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The Kitchen Website

Minimalism is a current design trend that is taking the world by storm. The minimalism web design trend has really taken off in the past few years as well with the trend of flat and metro of only including essential elements within a design. The idea behind minimalist design is to keep everything to a minimum, only displaying what is relevant to the user and to the website (the essentials).

The great thing about minimalism is that helps the website’s users find what they need quickly all while avoiding non-relevant content such as advertisements or whatever else. Below we have collected 19 different websites that showcase minimalism very well in their design.

1. The Kitchen

The Kitchen Website

2. Light & Shadows by Wizz Media

Light & Shadows Website by Wizz Media

3. POCO People by Joshua Lamont

POCO People  Website by Joshua Lamont

4. Linda Dong

Linda Dong Website

5. Paramount Farms by LEVEL Studios

Paramount Farms Website by LEVEL Studios

6. Nest

Nest Website

7. Life in Greenville by Cowork Greenville

Life in Greenville Website by Cowork Greenville

8. Multiview by Orchard

Multiview Website by Orchard

9. The STUDIO

The STUDIO Website

10. ground(ctrl)

ground(ctrl) Website

11. Loghificio by Operaviva

Loghificio Website by Operaviva

12. Paco Mobles by Daniel Nabil

Paco Mobles Website by Daniel Nabil

13. FiftyThree

FiftyThree Website

14. TokioLab by NEOTOKIO!

TokioLab Website by NEOTOKIO!

15. Solo Interactive Studio

Solo Interactive Studio Website

16. Whitmans New York by Gin Lane Media

Whitmans New York Website by Gin Lane Media

17. Wrap Spaces by Triggerfish!

Wrap Spaces Website by Triggerfish!

18. Crayons to Concept

Crayons to Concept Website

19. Goosebumps Pickles by Digi-cult

Goosebumps Pickles Website by Digi-cult

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