Web Design Don’ts for 2015

Web design trends are always shifting, with new techniques and tools being rolled out non stop. Keeping up to date can be a nuisance, especially if you are busy building better and better interfaces for your customers. Things that were acceptable a week ago can turn into a major “no-no” while you’re not looking. Here is a short list of Don’ts for web designers in the new year. 1. Unresponsive designs The designers of the past had an easy job when it came to building websites – the variety of devices on which their work could be seen was limited to monitors with just a handful of possible resolutions. Today, though, things have changed a lot: now the websites are viewed on all possible screen sizes, from 4″ smartphones to 40″ smart TVs and beyond. No matter if you are trying to sell a Mobile Casino app or a next generation hydrogen fuel cell car, you have to be prepared for showing it on all screens – so building responsive websites has become a must – and in 2015 it will become even “muster”… 2. Using web-safe fonts The short version: BORING! The long version: the times when designers could only use a handful of typefaces are long gone. Today, with the

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property widely supported across all browsers, there is nothing left to limit expression through using a custom web font. Don’t just Play Pokies Online – use the best typeface you can and make that design complete and unique. 3. Auto-play background audio Background music for websites is one of the worst thing ever invented. Whenever I visit a website with background music starting to play as soon as it loads my first reaction is a “fight or flee” – I panic, quickly look for the “stop” button, and if I don’t find one in due time, I close the website and never return. With video backgrounds becoming a trend (which seldom have a “Stop” button) I feel the urge to remind you, dear designers, to make sure you mute its sound. This way your visitors won’t feel the urge to flee and to cuss whenever they reach your website. Also, make sure you don’t forget about accessibility – certain people can literally get sick while trying to read text against a moving background, so make sure you offer them a way to stop the video – or else they will flee your site to play Real Money Pokies instead.

Loveish Kalsi

Loveish Kalsi is a freelance Web and Graphic Designer from India. He is the owner of famous design blog Creativedesignmagazine.com

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