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Web Design Tendencies in 2012

Each year we try to foresee the future, to figure out web design tendencies that are going to be actual in the coming year. As you know design tendencies come and go, though in fact some of them remain longer than they are needed.
Keep in mind that changes in different fields of design from year to year may be insignificant. Below are the tendencies the growth of which is especially probable in 2012.

1. Responsive web design
Hopefully one day people will stop talking about responsive design not because it will disappear, but because it will become more discernible by itself. However, it will hardly happen in 2012. This is quite a new direction, and still many web designers have not adapted to it.
Due the ongoing release of more and more mobile devices in 2012, responsive web design will become more demanded. Web designers and developers will start using scalable models instead of models with fixed width. In order to meet the needs of the industry, they will be in search of more and more new templates that will allow a large number of sites to be seen through different screen resolutions and various devices.

2. Fixed navigation menu
This technology is used by many of us mainly on personal websites or personal blogs. In 2010-2011 this tendency was rarely used, but in recent months the direction seems to have revived.
If your site lacks an extensive navigation menu, you need to display only a few references making them visible all the time. This will increase the productivity of the site and will allow to easily embed the site menu into the overall site layout. In general, the menu can be left in one and the same place regardless of the scrolling page.
Query allows you to quickly achieve this effect, although this can be done with CSS as well. Most of the static navigation menus in 2011 followed user navigation from page to page. And yet in the new sample Simon Wuyts introduced a fixed navigation bar in quite another level.
Here the page contents are displayed not as slideshows, but as a whole. This allows, first of all, not to worry about the screen resolution, and, secondly, the navigation operates easily and is perfectly discernible by mobile browsers. Look closely at this technology.

3. Circles
This tendency was not considered to be widely used in web design but now due to the newly developed CSS3 the creation of similar effects has become so easy.
You can create circles and shadows without using images. The influence of these features led designers to look at pictures in a different light. When viewing the portfolio of web designers, you will notice a significant increase in the number of rounded design elements. They may be located in the navigation bar or even be a part of a solid portfolio.
However, this does not always look great. Round shapes attract the attention of your visitors, so use them to highlight certain parts of the design, such as links to useful resources.
Such kind of form looks pleasant by itself and is perfect for the background, where it can produce a delightful effect.

4. Vector graphics
Great funny mascot characters can be found on completely different sites. Only a few years ago it was difficult to find such examples, especially those which could be associated with business style. But designers have determined to combine business-like style with a pretty creature based on vector graphics.
For example, such mascots may be seen on MozillaFirefox, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Another great example is MailChimp. Monkey-postman chases you around the site, and even on iOS and Android applications.
And here is another site, Freelanceswitch, with suchlike character. This little scholar may be seen on the site a lot of times and in different variations.
This tendency highlights a completely new area of aesthetics when creating a site, and 2012 will surely be full of such funny vector logos.

5. Multicolumn menu
Sometimes sites contain a lot of links as a consequence of which the standard type of navigation becomes overloaded with links. Therefore, key links should be placed at the top of the page.
New tendencies give designers a chance to find a more optional solution. Multicolumn menu templates – this is a brilliant solution for combining a set of links. You can easily show your visitors a number of links placing them around the logo.
Obviously, modifications in the standard navigation is a rather important issue that faces everyone.


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