2014 is going to be another big year for all things web-related and the amount of technological advances we’re seeing in everything from products to design elements. Google’s new products and services are increasingly blurring the lines between online and offline, but when it comes to the more ‘traditional’ internet of website design and development, what are we going to see this year?

Here’s a guide to some of the things we’re expecting to see peak in 2014.

Flat design

In 2013, flat design didn’t reach the dizzying heights of many of the other popular design trends in recent times. This is mainly because it has largely been adopted by big brands rather than smaller companies, agencies and individuals. Whilst flat design still remains an aspiration, its practicality for the average business (particularly physical ones) and the fact that it hasn’t been as readily adopted in the industry as previously thought means that we will see it peak at some point this year and then slowly die off. On the plus side, this means that we’ll have room for a brand new design concept to take centre stage.

Responsive design

As far as we’re concerned, this is more of a necessity than a passing trend. Arguably it reached its peak in 2013…but it’s definitely here to stay in 2014. We expect it to develop further, with more standards in place for mobile vs. desktop conventions and switching between the two.

If you naturally shy away from responsive, take some time to learn, test, and generally familiarise yourself with the standards and concepts. Whether you’re self-employed or part of the rat race, responsive skills and understanding will always impress, and it’s the best way to stay current.

jQuery

Love it or hate it, jQuery is just going to get bigger in 2014. With so much excitement and buzz around its potential applications, jQuery is a hot topic that’s only going to get hotter. 2014 should be the year that we see more things going from experimental to established. It’s the area we’re most looking forward to seeing develop in the coming months.

HTML5 and CSS3

These are only going to keep getting bigger as more code becomes available and browser compatibility improves. Whilst we don’t think it will peak until at least 2015, we will see a lot more designers and developers getting on board and proactively using HTML5 and CSS3 beyond the experimental stage this year.

Learning to code

With the number of tutorial and subscription websites popping up, we think 2014 will be the year of learning to code. There are numerous apps, clubs, events, hackathons and groups for all ages all over the country, so if you’re not a coder already, it’s time to get involved and learn something new. If you’re already a seasoned developer, take the time to learn a new language this year. Even the kids are doing it.



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