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November 14, 2023

Trends Driving Website Design



Audience (News - Alert) preference is ever-changing. While certain factors in this field might remain relatively timeless (such as strong customer service), others might be more subjective. Even within examples such as customer service, individual customers are going to have preferences based on how they want to be interacted with: some might want more intensive attention, while others are happier with hands-off yet friendly approaches.



How does all this factor into web design? With audiences’ preferences changing all the time, you need to be able to design a website that effectively communicates what your brand is all about while embracing these trends – with the inclusion of your own personal aesthetic. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but taking some of these trends individually can make it more manageable.

Here is an overview of some of the main trends that are currently driving website design.

Minimalism

This is a factor that’s been a trend for a while, and its simplicity makes it appealing to people in a world of different brands vying for their attention. The conflict comes from you wanting to ensure that you’re getting across as much information as possible – you want them to know everything about you, and that’s hard to do when you’re restricted to the visual design of your website. Words are informative, but they’re also off-putting at a glance when that’s all there is on the screen. Enticing your audiences through the sleek and confident design of your website can encourage them to search through your various pages to look for that information themselves. It’s subtle, but you’re enticing them to want to know.

This feeds into a greater conversation about UI design, accessibility, and how legible your web design actually is. For example, you might want to implement some cursive fonts into your web headings if you’re hoping to convey some sort of tone of grandeur, but this can often come across as difficult to read, so it’s not enough to just throw in a cursive font – you have to find one that isn’t going to be too difficult to understand. Similarly, when it comes to accessibility, you might want to ensure that people who have reading difficulties aren’t barred from navigating your website simply due to the barriers imposed by the font.

To follow on with the idea of minimalism, it’s not just enough to suggest the idea of minimalism before hitting your users with a wall of text when they do find their way over to the relevant page – that might just put them off still. Instead, minimalism also dictates that you compact this information into bitesize chunks. This is where difficulty and balance issues arise, however, as this is your website – the hub of all of your business information and where customers come to learn more about you. Compacting this information might make it seem like you’re bound to have to sacrifice some information. That might not be the case, and it might be more about how you convey it, but it’s up to you and your brand how far you take this idea of minimalism, as there are degrees to which you can implement it.

Mobile-Friendly Design

Perhaps one of the greatest considerations that modern businesses have to make is the platform that audiences are going to be viewing their content. In a world where smartphones are as versatile and widespread as they are, brands might have come to expect that this is exactly how they’re going to be interacted with. Therefore, designing the website with this in mind might mean accounting for the boundaries and page structure differences that are present here. Alternatively, it might be that you think about designing two websites: one for desktop and one for mobile. Alternatively still, you might develop an app that makes for an optimized version of your user experience on mobile.

A lot of this also comes down to the type of business that you are. Online casinos might come with the expectation of being accessed through mobile due to them often being included under the mobile gaming umbrella. Due to this, they need to function exactly as intended through this platform. This means that online roulette games or slot games such as Football Star or Planet of the Apes need to respond to the touchscreen perfectly – being responsive so as to not jeopardize the integrity of the game – while also including all of the visual flair that is expected of them, such as the computer generated hosts on this site.

Ideal mobile-friendly design should mean that the user doesn’t think that anything seems wrong or out of place. Accessing the online casino through mobile should feel natural and just as intended as if they were to do so through a laptop or other device. The focus on the games, therefore, shouldn’t be interrupted by frustrations with this process, and looking at your own business data can help you to determine the platform that you should perhaps prioritize the most here.

Responsiveness and Production Value

As a hub of all of your professional information, your business website should reflect your brand in key ways. That’s why you might have gone through a great amount of effort in order to ensure that the aesthetic of your brand is reflected here. If you’re keen to put your name forward as one that is professional and at the absolute top of the field, you might want to avoid merely providing function with your website and instead create one that also leaves a lasting impression. Therefore, creating a responsive digital space that uses animations and high production value to create a genuinely impressive interactive experience might be a factor that keeps your audiences coming back.

As tempting as this idea might sound in theory (a chance to wow the crowd in order to engage them), it’s once again a delicate balance to strike. Throwing money and flashy animations at your website won’t automatically make it visually appealing. In fact, when done poorly, this could simply make it an overstimulating eyesore that turns people away just as quickly as if you’d presented them with a wall of text. It’s about using these animations selectively, contrasting them with the subdued spaces in order to let those animations breathe and make the impact that you’re aiming for.

Another issue here is that this all does, in fact, require money. To some brands, this might not be that big of a deal. If you think that the money you put into your website is merely an investment to get audiences to engage with your brand, it could be well worth it. However, it’s not just the money for the tools required but also the talent required. To businesses of a certain size, this might mean that they have to consider outsourcing this work, as hiring for this role in-house might not be an option that you can afford.

Difficulties arise when you need your website updating and maintaining again and again – especially when it comes to intensive changes that come along with the changing tastes of audiences. Not only is the application and usage of these animations important, but getting to that point in the first place is a consideration. It’s not a tactic that’s guaranteed to improve your website, so think carefully about what you can do to put your best foot forward when it comes to how you want to sculpt your website and what impression you want to give about your brand.



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