Web Design Trends for 2010

Purists will say that great design is timeless. Yes, in an ideal world, we should ignore trends.

Pragmatically speaking, though, there is a lot of value in monitoring and incorporating design trends, especially with regard to websites.

Let’s face it: the web changes at a rapid pace. Unlike in other media, design trends on the web are not just driven by aesthetics.

Technology is changing that can drastically alter the capabilities of the medium.

In 2010, we’re seeing designers continuing to push the boundaries of web design, setting the following clear trends…

 

Print Design

Print design has always been a source of inspiration for the web. Web design has been around long enough now to cultivate a strong core of designers who have never worked in print. As a result, we are seeing more inspiration drawn from print, as these designers look beyond the web.

Serif Fonts

One of the most important issues of typography is legibility. Print designers have always favored serif fonts because the edges improve visibility and make letterforms easier to recognize.

Sans-serif fonts have generally been considered easier to read on the screen. But with more users browsing at high resolution and the improvements in font-smoothing technology, serif fonts have become very legible for body text.


Big Headings

Print designers have been using big headings to grab attention for ages. Print material has had to be high impact if it was expected to be read at all. If you saw a dull brochure sitting on a desk, would you bother to pick it up? Probably not.

This trend started in 2009 and has only grown in popularity. Large headings have been proven to grab attention and communicate clearly.


Multi-Column Layouts

Designers have to work within the constraints of their medium. Unlike the web, print offers no option for scrolling, being bound as it is by the dimensions of the paper. Using several columns allows you to fit more content in the same space.

Now, with increased screen resolutions and the advent of grid layouts, more designers are adapting this method to the web to make websites easier to use and to fit in more content.


Big Lead Image

A picture is worth a thousand words. While it may be a while before a photograph has the same impact on the web as it does in print (which has much higher resolution), the adoption of broadband access has made big photographs more feasible.

We are seeing more websites use large, high-impact images to draw users in and create an immersive experience.


Diagrams and Infographics

Print designers have been using graphics to convey complex information for years. This is seen most commonly in magazines and annual reports.

Graphics can communicate complex relationships and ratios in a way that is too difficult to do with plain text. Infographics tend to have a simple yet visually rich appearance, and more designers are adopting infographics or mimicking the style in their designs.

 

Simplicity

Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” The advantages of simplicity in design are many.

Hick’s Law tells us that the time required to make a decision increases with every option. Additionally, the signal-to-noise theory tells us that anything that doesn’t add to the message or function of a website (the signal) gets in the way and makes the design less effective (the noise).

Simple designs are easier to use and understand, and they allow for greater clarity in communicating messages.


Minimalist and Grid Design

Minimalism is powerful yet difficult to master. It contains nothing but the essentials. Everything else is removed, resulting in maximum impact of the elements that are present.

Minimalist designs require a strong grid system to be effective. Naturally, they will have plenty of white space, and so without that grid, a minimalist design would feel disconnected and sloppy. The grid gives it organization and structure.


One-Page Layouts

There are several ways to simplify. A one-page layout exhibits two of these ways: hiding and removing.

Effective one-page layouts hide any elements that are not a priority. If a user wants to see one of those elements, they can click to uncover it. This is much more effective than leaving everything visible, which would make the page complicated and overwhelming.

Likewise, the principle behind one-page layouts makes additional pages unnecessary. With the availability of powerful JavaScript libraries and faster connections, many websites now have little need for several pages. Designers can easily fit information on one page, without bothering the user with a hierarchy.


Massive White Space

In the early days of web design, we didn’t have much screen real estate to work with, and so we didn’t show much white space. If you’ve ever tried to design a website for a 640×480 resolution, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Now that we have higher resolutions and the ability to hide and reveal elements with JavaScript, harnessing white space is much easier.

White space is critical to good design. It gives the eye a place to rest. It naturally improves the quality of a design. And it shows which elements are related to each other by way of proximity.


Typographic Layouts

Whereas we used to be confined to a few select “web-safe fonts” with very little control over how they were displayed, we now have a wide range of tools to enrich our typography.

Web designers have long enjoyed using type as a subtle tool to communicate messages. With increasing control and capabilities, we’re seeing more designers focus on typography as the primary design element.

 

CSS3 Techniques

Not sure you can take advantage of CSS3 yet? Think again. Web pioneers such as Andy Clarke and Jeremy Keith have long preached about “progressive enhancement” in web design.

Progressive enhancement is about designing websites so that they are usable on older browsers, while being “enhanced” for users who commit to the latest technology.

Designing in this camp lets you take advantage of CSS3 properties such as rounded corners, border backgrounds and text and box shadows. Users on modern browsers will see the nicer version, and those on older technology (cough ¦ IE6 ¦ cough) will see the basic version.

CSS3 Animation

Animation on the web has gone through many stages. Initially, we could only animate with GIF image files. Then, we were pretty much limited to Flash. Now, we can select from Flash, Silverlight, GIF, JavaScript and even CSS3. Subtle animation can be memorable, and CSS3 makes it lightweight and easy.


Rounded Corners

The Web 2.0 style of 2005 and 2006 made rounded corners popular, to the point of being annoying. At the time, creating them was difficult. There was no set way to create truly rounded corners. Instead they were simulated with CSS, JavaScript hacks and image files.

CSS3 now allows us to generate rounded corners directly in the browser, making them not only easier to create but also much more efficient, because the user doesn’t have to download additional images or JavaScript files.

Designers are increasingly taking advantage of this new browser capability in 2010.


Box and Text Shadows

Using shadows to create a sense of depth has been done (and sometimes overdone) since the earliest days of the web. But it was not always practical. To add shadows to text, you had to use images, which increased loading time and made maintenance more difficult. Box shadows required several images and CSS tricks like “sliding doors.”

CSS3 has highly customizable shadow capabilities, which allow for a wide range of creative effects, including not only drop shadows but inner shadows, too. Creative designers have already been using these CSS3 effects to simulate both embossed and imprinted effects.


RGBa and Opacity

For years, working with opacity and transparency on the web was near impossible. You had three choices: simulate transparency using flat images, deal with PNG’s cross-browser incompatibilities, or struggle with CSS’ basic transparency selectors and filters.

CSS3 gives designers much better consistency and freedom in using opacity with the RGBa property. While you can take advantage of transparency in countless ways, one area that it has helped particularly is with complex backgrounds overlaid with semi-transparent colors. Previously, this effect was impractical or impossible to create without resorting to complex PNG images.


Mobile-Compatible Design

The mobile web has given millions of users the ability to check their bank account while waiting in line, look up the latest scores on the subway and update their Twitter status while driving. (Which one of these is a dangerous habit?) And the mobile web continues to grow rapidly.

We have gotten to the point that every company has to consider whether their website will be used on the go, and if so how. Innovative companies have already invested heavily in useful and user-friendly mobile versions of their websites.

 

Creativity

The explosive growth in use of social media is proof that people want to connect and share things they are passionate about.

In the design field, we have seen large growth in the sharing and browsing of other people’s work. As designers, we are now bombarded by everyone else’s creativity. Not only does this raise the standard of quality of design, but it encourages ideas to be shared, which contributes to a culture of creativity and innovation.

Clean Illustrations

If you’re like me, you grew up watching Disney movies, admiring all the effort that went into creating each frame of animation. We are well past the days when illustration was done in ink and markers, and this evolution in tools has led to some very creative approaches to design.

Many designers are learning that smooth, clean, crisp illustrations create a distinctive feel that can’t be replicated by photography or simple clip art. The result is a wide range of professionally illustrated designs that are engaging and inviting.


Textured Backgrounds

Textured backgrounds are nothing new on the web. But this technique has seen an interesting variation in the last few months. I refer to it as “micro-textures”which are subtle, barely noticeable textures in the background.


Thumbnails

You may be saying, “Thumbnails have been around since the dawn of the web. How is this a trend?” True, they have always been used, but only very simply. You would have a thumbnail that you could click on to get a bigger image. It did the job but was boring.

In the last few months, designers have started asking, “How can we make thumbnails more exciting?” This has led to an upswing in thumbnails that are both clever and usable.


Watercolor

As the web evolves, we are seeing more designers being inspired by a variety of sources and media. No surprise that the fine arts are among these sources.

One of the styles that has emerged is the simulation of watercolors. The soft elegant look of this style is distinct and calming.


Handwriting

Handwritten and script fonts are abused the most. For this reason, many designers steer clear of both types either out of disgust or because of a fear of looking amateurish. But lately, many designers have found that, when used properly, the handwritten style conveys a sense of craft and planning. Used in the right context, it is a powerful way to communicate.


Social Media

With people spending more time on Facebook than Google now, no wonder designers are looking for innovative ways to integrate social media on their websites.

Some designers have gone so far as to publish their content on social media networks and then use their websites to aggregate it.

It is safe to say that as 2010 progresses, we will see more designers find creative ways to integrate social media onto their websites in order to better engage users.


Fixed Elements

Now that browsers better support the position: fixed element, we are seeing cleverer uses of it.

There are plenty of situations in which a fixed element (such as persistent navigation) could serve the owner’s business objectives and make the website more usable.

Fixed elements are memorable and enhance the user experience. They have countless creative uses, and we will continue to see designers take advantage of them.


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Which of these trends do you follow most? What are some other emerging trends?

  • http://wpblast.com wpBlast

    Wow, what an in-depth post! I’ve noticed many of these trends. The two I really enjoy seeing are large headings and the use of Serif fonts (ChunkFive is my favorite font).

    Great Post!

  • Vitor Balocco

    I loved the BooneOakley idea, too bad the new youtube layout kind of screwed up their “interface”

  • http://goodwebdesign.co.nz Good Web Design | GWD

    great stuff! reg socials – hopefully we’ll focus on the content/posts again instead on getting retweeted or liked on facebook. the share buttons sometimes get a bit out of control… :)

  • http://www.pbwebdev.com.au/blog Peter

    Thats a huge amount of inspiration

  • http://pauldatta.tumblr.com Paul Datta

    Excellant post.
    I noticed that Tim Van Damme’s contact site was placed under the mobile web site section – is this because it is mobile friendly? His designs have been cosistently copied (cause he’s brillliant) but I dont think his intent was to make that site mobile friendly – the fact that its so is great though.

    Reading this post was a great way for me to begin my day :)
    Thanks

  • http://www.webanddesigners.com Webanddesigners

    Good read. Its good to know where web design is heading. Big heading and use of white space is getting more popular these days.

  • http://www.code-pal.com Rakesh Menon

    Great post, enjoyed it. With such rapid changes in web technology, it really is time to look beyond what we actually see today. Each point is equally imporatnt and valis in today’s web scenario.

  • http://www.code-pal.com Rakesh Menon

    * that’s important and valid.. sorry for the typos

  • http://gauravmishra.com Gaurav Mishra

    This is a very interesting and article with depth in web trends

  • http://www.natashastorm.co.za Storm

    Great article! I see all of these points being used more and more. I’ve always been a fan of whitespace and minimalistic designs. Always a good read to see where the web is heading :)

  • http://www.krijnelders.nl Krijn Elders

    Really cool to see al the 2010 trends in one great article!

  • http://TechCline.com saad irfan

    really nice collection…. learned a lot, thx.

  • http://metadata.pl/ Metadata

    again and again … thanks for inspiration : )

  • http://kimlove.com/ Kim Love

    Awesome post!

    I’m thinking typography will play an even more important role once all of the @font-face/WOFF issues are resolved (licensing/browser support etc.) – it’s probably still a couple of years off but looking forward to it.

    Another thing I’ve spotted recently (not sure if it’s new to 2010, or even a trend?) is fixed width content but with a full width background and/or 100% header/footer elements – which works quite well on larger monitors but without most of the pain of a liquid layout.

  • http://www.mographtv.com Ryan Bollenbach

    Wow, very beautiful article!!!!!!

  • http://www.webdesignsoul.com/ Web Design Soul

    Very interesting and useful article. Thanks!

  • http://traveldigital.wordpress.com Matthias Wobrock

    Awesome collection and great examples. I especially dig the big, emotional lead images. They successfully grab your attention while being slick and clean at the same time. The Porsche and the holiday site almost naturally take you to the enquiry option from there. They make for brilliant landing pages for conversion-driven sites.

  • http://www.dotemplate.com Thierry Ruiz

    Brilliant article and great web design compilation. Thanks.

  • http://www.alan-horne.com Alan

    Fantastic post, lots of great information and done really well.

  • http://squareart.co.za squareart

    Great collection of design trends – makes me “almost” want to extract some of it and send to a few clients!! Thanks for the article.

  • http://www.nordisch-arts.de Sebastian

    Really cool post – like the clean illu ones and the watercolor examples…

    thx and greets from germany

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Kent

    Some really nice work in here, I always worry these trend articles become self fulfilling prophecies… to hell with trends I eagerly await the innovators!

  • http://www.rogerburkhard.com Roger

    Thanx for featuring my website!

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    WOW great list and nicely explained too. I love all the examples you’ve given, they are great. However the Daggerfin website is perhaps the coolest website I HAVE EVER SEEN! Thank you for bringing it into my world!

  • http://www.18five.com Rosti The Snowman

    Nice!

    Roll on CSS3!

  • http://narenbimal.blogspot.com Narendra

    really a nice article. tons of info in a pleasant way

  • http://www.adelacreative.com adelacreative

    Vrey nice roundup!

  • http://www.dynamicwp.net/ Eko Setiawan

    Give us inspiration to use these trends in our free and premium themes next.
    Thanks for share…

  • http://www.colorexpertsbd.com/services.html Image Masking

    It was really gr8 post!
    thanks for sharing…
    I love it! :)

  • http://DavidCalhounDesign.com David

    Very cool collection. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://ds.laroouse.com esranull

    very nice collection thanks a lot

  • http://www.encoreunblogseo.info Blog SEO – Vince

    That’s a huge collection ! So many nice work has been done !

  • http://www.behance.net/leventegaal Levi

    Thanks WDD again!!

    It’s a very useful to know there are so many ways to be original in 2010!!

  • http://www.tgpo.org tgpo

    Excellent post.

    Not enough emphasis can be put on white space. It seems 9/10 clients want to cram everything thing possible into the top 500px of their site. Space things out, organize content in ways that make sense. Call attention to your website goals, but don’t force it down visitors throats.

    Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.benstephan.com Ben Stephan

    Great article. I think the best kind of articles are one’s that try to explain or predict future web technology because it gives designer’s like me a way to stay current when online blogs and forums are the only source of up to date web design information.

    Only part of the article I thought was a little off was the prediction of simplicity and massive white space being a trend for 2010. I think that has been a trend for a while now and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

  • http://www.onextrapixel.com Aidan

    Nice trends we are talking about here. It’s will be good if someone can predicts the future trends, let say 5 years down the road?

    Nice article!

  • dave lane

    Not sure this is the most descriptive article title? Yes, the “trend” of Creativity is really picking up steam…

    Not saying it’s a bad article; you’ve just basically listed every existing design approach and called them “trends”

  • http://www.anti-pixel.net mecaniqueorange

    Please, that’s not “Antoine de Saint-Exuper” but “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” !
    :)

  • http://www.code-pal.com Sumeet Chawla

    Trends always keep changing with time but I really love the ones which were really innovative! Specially the last one i.e. BooneOakley.com which has its whole site as a youtube video… Amazing and really innovative!

  • http://www.glennsorrentino.com Glenn Sorrentino

    Great list. Spot on in my opinion.

  • http://www.psyched.be/wordpress Darkened Soul

    Great stuff round here, Just want to add that the webdesign business had ALWAYS been trying to get to the next level… it’s all aboard or drown in the giant ocean of possibilities…

  • Retheesh

    Great Post…Really worthy one….keep it up…thnx

  • http://www.michaeltrangdesign.com mtrang

    Always a fan of “Trend” articles and this one didn’t disappoint. Didn’t notice the infusion of watercolors in web designs but then again, I’m sure I’ve only experienced <5% of the websites out there.

  • http://lekevicius.com Jonas

    Wow, I love to see my website among those splendid examples. Thank you!

  • http://www.twitter.com/codephase Codephase

    great collection. also, don’t forget the short and catchy slogans, like “I design things” or “hello! I’m X”

  • http://www.origindh.com Derek

    Great list. I love seeing trends for the year.

    …although, I’ve seen Finch and Fellswoop a million times in the last year or so. :/

  • http://newevolutiondesigns.com Tom

    Now if you could get the rest of the world on board with these modern design techniques, especially minimalism, you would be my hero =)

  • http://www.southernsara.com Sara

    Thanks for the info! I hope to be able to implement much of this stuff in my own site.

  • http://fourword.biz Marc Gordon

    Great collection! Lots of ideas. Nice to see my style of site design is appreciated by other designers, even if my clients don’t get it.

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    Thanks for the round up of trends you have noticed for this year.

  • http://thegoldenflux.com/ Andrea Pelizzardi

    Really bad read.
    Too many things without logic.
    Too many trades and the most of the sites are really bad.
    Thumbs down this time.

  • http://www.spithsine-design.com Mike Stickney

    Nice post. I did a short write up on my blog about the recently posted design trends from Smashing Magazine and an earlier list from webdesignerwall.com.
    http://mikestickney.com/wordpress/2010-web-design-trends/. Personally, I think it’s bets to approach “trends” with caution (use it when it supports your design, not just because it’s a trend), but it’s still important for designers to be aware of what is increasing in use/popularity.

    I’ll definitely have to go back and revisit my own article and reference this great list as well.

  • http://SARAH.HELPTOSERVE.INFO Sarah William

    Really great collection!!! I couldn’t pick pick a favorite. thanks for the great post…

  • http://www.balupton.com/ Benjamin “balupton” Lupton

    Great collection.

  • http://www.balupton.com/ Benjamin “balupton” Lupton

    Great article.

  • http://lpcrimea.com STINGER_LP

    Nice post. Pretty expected trends, but i like how it all summed up.
    And i agree about CSS3 techniques. I think this stuff must be implemented on as many web sites as possible, to force user finally upgrade their browsers.
    You know, they have time (i’m not even saying about the money) to change cars, new gadgets, clothes or (a much better example) a sunglasses (!), but they have no time to upgrade their Internet browser. Ridiculous.

  • http://www.newviewit.com Website Design

    Also think transparencies and app like designs will make big gains in 2010

  • http://twitter.com/ngassmann ngassmann

    Seems like a lot of this year’s trends are borrowed from the last few year’s trends. Not a big fan of CSS3 transitions yet. Using them just because we can doesn’t show a client anything worthwhile. It just showcases to peers that we know how to use CSS3 even before it’s widely adopted.

  • http://www.florian-langer.com Grafikdesigner Langer

    Great collection. Thank you very much for this work. It has already been favoured!
    Greetings from Germany,
    Flo

  • http://www.menze-koch.de Silvio

    love to read it. some known, some unknown, but really great detail. time for more mobile action this year. greets from Berlin – Silvio

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    A really great list, and a good collection!

  • http://www.nikoslianeris.gr nikos lianeris

    That is a very inspiring collection!Great posting!! :)

  • http://www.studio76.fr Studio 76

    Great collection !

  • http://www.flazann.com flavio

    beautiful article. I will use with reference to new projects!

  • http://www.classesandcareers.com/ Teacher Teacher

    One thing about design, as long as you are keeping your skills and your work up to date, you will never get bored.

  • http://wwww.modernheinrich.com Modern Heinrich

    Is not that like a copy paste from smashing magazine, or somewhere else. Do not really remember. What about HTML5 and Flash coming back?

  • http://www.easyicon.cn freeicon

    Great Post…Really worthy one….keep it up…thnx

  • http://www.webton.nl webton webdesign

    Awesome post!

    I’m thinking typography will play an even more important role once all of the @font-face/WOFF issues are resolved (licensing/browser support etc.) – it’s probably still a couple of years off but looking forward to it.

  • Lubinrho

    Great post! Well written and wonderfully populated with examples. Thank you. I’ll be sharing this with friends!

  • http://www.christrude.com @trudesign

    typographic design + massive white space + minimalist grid design = real beautiful design. Love it. Great post. Inspires.

  • http://www.invisibleinkwebdesigns.com/weblog Luke Sheppard

    Hmmmm,

    Is it me, or do these “trends” look suspiciously similar to trends from last year.

    I’m not really sure about this whole “web design trend” thing. Web designers are, on the whole, a pretty creative bunch of people and I’m not sure many of them think about or follow trends when they’re working. At least I hope they don’t.

    Nice post, with some great example sites but I’m not really sure this qualifies for “trends of 2010″, since a lot of these styles have been popular for well over a year. Specifically the minimalise style, with loads of whitespace, massive feature images, etc. etc. – nothing earthshattering in my (humble) opinion.

    Thanks for the post though, it was an interesting read.

  • http://healthbelief.com/ reezluv

    this maybe a guide for me when I need to redesign my site soon.Thanks a lot

  • http://www.alejandroperazzo.com Punta del Este Real Estate

    i suuport the serif fonts

  • http://www.thescube.com Shovan

    Thanks for the awesome list

  • http://p163.sg Angelee

    Splendid styles and concepts!.. very inspiring.

  • http://she7ata.com Mohammed Shehata

    good job, this is great effort and nice collection.

  • http://www.newviewit.com Website Design

    Nice roundup! Transparencies and 3d elements are also going to be growing

  • http://www.philippinewebservices.com/ Philwebservices

    Awesome collections!!! I can used this designs someday!!! Thanks for sharing, it adds up to my ideas….☺

  • http://www.allthewebsites.org/webdesign All Webdesign

    The nice trend of big lead images / huge background is catching up. Bing showed the way and Google followed it.

    It cannot hold the visitor for long. The content has to be shown quickly before the design awesomeness is gone.

  • http://www.goblinridge.co.uk Yorkshire Web Design

    Great article, full of inspiration. Thanks for sharing, Ted.

  • http://www.kbarlowdesign.com kathryn barlow

    Great round-up, thanks for posting!

  • ron

    a list that includes stuff people have been doing for years. great work!

  • http://www.adooylabs.com Adooy

    Thanks for the great post on web trends.. This will also serve as inspirations for our future designs.

  • Laura

    Simplicity isn’t a “trend” its a foundation for *GOOD* web design. kind of a rookie mistake, don’t you think? Maybe you should think about creating quality content instead of LOTS of content.

  • Vincent

    Wow! This is a really nice post! You did a great job!

  • http://bit.ly/cz7cy2 Website Center

    Some great sites and examples on here. Mobile-compatible design is incredibly important and going to be huge in the near future. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.hadisonmedia.com Hadison Media

    Good article with good examples. Serif fonts can look great if done right.

  • http://www.steenvoorde-ict.nl Webdesign

    Great blog and loving the design of Foxtie!

  • http://www.jmc-website-design.co.uk web design blackpool

    Nice to see that traditional methods are still being used, watercolour etc.

  • http://www.csshunt.com/ CSSHunt

    hi Laura

    yes you are right Daggerfin is a nice site

  • http://www.steenvoorde-ict.nl Webdesign

    That’s a lot of trends :D

  • James

    I’ve been reading a few of these “web trends of 2010″ articles in the course of finding inspiration for a redesign of my business website. There are some spectacular designs out there, but one thing that’s bugging me is that a disproportionate number of the sites featured in these articles are sites of web designers and graphic artists. I find it far more interesting to look at trends among non-art sites – web designs for ordinary everyday businesses. After all, the vast majority of sites on the internet are for companies who have nothing to do with art or graphic design.

  • http://www.blu72.com BLU:72 Creative

    Some really good sites showcased here, I could spend ages on them, great for inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  • Daniel

    I always love to see what others are doing and what ppl think will be the design trends of the future. thanks for the article! love reading your stuff.

  • http://www.xininvoice.com skqi

    I can get perfect web design trend list here in one post. Thanks!

  • http://www.cgn-corporate.com/ peter

    Thanks for that great compilation. Very useful article.

  • http://norjos.com jom

    lots of beautiful ideas :)

  • http://masenchipz.com masenchipz

    how about with mobile design trends 2010 WDD? :P

  • http://www.orangedevdesign.nl/ Webdesign

    I already use @font-face on my own website. I need 4 different font types to support all browsers but i already have .woff in my website too. So im ready for the future…Let is COME !!!

  • http://mathawaada.blogspot.com/ realskullzero

    great post! nice inspiration and designs! thanks for sharing!

  • http://eraldmariano.com erald

    nice article indeed!
    thanks for sharing. this will surely go to my inspiration box!

    kudos!

  • Francis Mella

    Many of these sites are visually very appealing. The question is do they meet the goals and objectives of the business or entitiy? If the objective of these sites is to convert visitors to customers, clients or obtain leads or sell product a are they meeting that objective? I see several issues with many of these great looking sites when it comes to conversion. A site that looks great and utilizes some or all of the latest design elements but doesn’t convert is just “Art”

  • http://www.tinstone.nl/ Tinstone Webdesign

    In general it gives a good example of whats possible and “in fashion” right now, however simplicity and form follows function might still work, but gets old in a way. Secondly I agree with Francis Mella. Something that looks good doesn’t have to be a good website, or performs well. Sometimes a site should look cheap, to be able to perform well in it’s niche or for that type of product.

  • http://tannerspilipinas.daportfolio.com tanners

    whoah! very nice article! cant wait what 2011 will bring :)

  • http://www.yellowbrickcode.com/ Christopher

    That Fuel Creative site is one of my all time favorites.

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