Trends 2013 for Design on the Web
In 2013 responsive web design is a growing trend that designers and developers and businesses need to take more notice of. See the article below that highlights this. Webkit, what it is and what it isn't, why opera is ditching its own browser. Finally, want to know what the design trends for 2013 will be from Adobe?
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Keep an Eye on These Web Design Trends in 2013
Brian Casel is a Web designer and the founder of Restaurant Engine, a web design service made for restaurants. Connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam.
As we roll into 2013, our world of web design and development is changing more rapidly than ever before.
For web creators everywhere, living and working on the bleeding edge of design innovation is as exciting as ever.
To kick off the new year, now seems like a good time to highlight the important trends and developments in the world of design and dev during 2013. Without further ado, here's what you need to know about web design for the year to come.
Let's start with trends in the way we will create websites.
Responsive Design: It's Not Just For Handhelds Anymore
Responsive web design has been around for several years now, but it really came alive in 2012, and we've seen more widespread adoption of this adaptive, fluid approach to designing web layouts.
Since you're on the site, you may have noticed that Mashable recently launched a major website redesign, which takes full advantage of responsive design. Several other popular news media companies, including TIME and USA Today, are also taking advantage of the feature, which helps to neatly distribute content across a wide variety of devices, from desktop computer to smartphone and everything in beween.
It's not just news outlets that have taken a responsive approach. In the ever-popular WordPress market, nearly all newly released themes come fully mobile-optimized, bearing the mark "responsive" on their download pages.
In 2013, it's obvious that we'll continue to see responsive web design flourish. It won't only be about folding down the design from desktop to tablet to handheld. We will also need to plan for how websites will expand upward, adapting to larger and different types of displays.
Paul Irish explains what WebKit is and isn’t
Ever since Opera announced it would ditch the company’s own Presto browser engine in favour of WebKit, there’s been a certain amount of disquiet within the web industry.
Opera is joining Chrome, Safari and others in using WebKit with Chrome in particular making major in-roads on the desktop. The WebKit-powered Android Browser, Chrome and Mobile Safari are hugely dominant on mobile. Concerns exist that the web could be heading towards a WebKit monoculture, which would be detrimental to innovation and standards.
Such concerns were dismissed by Opera web evangelist Bruce Lawson, who told .net that “it's hard to claim a WebKit monoculture when IE's Trident and Mozilla's Gecko are going strong,” and added: “It’s also untrue that there is one monolithic WebKit; there are many. WebKit has many diverse and competing organisations working for it.”
That last point has been addressed at length in WebKit for Developers by frontend developer and standards expert Paul Irish. In the article, he explored what is and isn’t WebKit, how WebKit is used and why all WebKits are not identical.
Importantly, Irish noted that of the primary components of any modern-day browser, relatively few are shared across different flavours of WebKit — parsing and layout. (And even there, issues exist, as evidenced by Peter-Paul Koch’s selectors and columns post on QuirksBlog.) Elsewhere, text and graphics rendering, image decoding, GPU interaction, network access and hardware acceleration are often handled by individual WebKit ‘ports’, such as Safari, Mobile Safari, Chrome, Android Browser, Amazon Silk and Dolphin.
Web Design: 2012 & 2013 Web Design Trends