Several years ago it was enough to create beautiful mock ups in Photoshop, but nowadays the average internet user requires more from a web designer. Any beauty and style without substance become boring after a while. 2011 is not so much about beauty, it’s more about function. The trends for this year are responsive design, constant connection and virtual reality. The supreme web designer should seek to create environments, which captivate the user to the extent that they do not want to click the ‘Back’ button. This is achievable if several elements are brought together: harmonious color scheme, intuitive design, easily accessible information and fast response. In addition one should never underestimate the importance of simplicity. This has always been a recommendation, but in 2011 it becomes a demand since web design must be compatible with smart phones, netbooks and tablets.

Below are some of the top trends for 2011.

1. CSS3 + HTML5
Web designers finally have an alternative to Flash, which does not play well with some of the new technology available. Although CSS3 and HTML5 cannot entirely substitute Flash, they help web designers achieve amazing results and let them use Flash only for separate elements, not entire websites.

2. Simple Colour Schemes
Traditional colours like black and white or shades of grey are left aside. It is now on trend to use green, yellow or even red as a primary colour. However, palette should not exceed two or three colours. In order to achieve variety shades of one colour can be added.

3. Mobile Ready
With the constantly increasing usage of mobile products such as Smartphones, iPads, netbooks or tablets, it is required that web design is responsive to multiple viewports. Forecasters predict that smartphones will outsell personal computers this year, which means web design must meet this demand.

4. Perception of Depth
This means creating a dimension in web design where parts of the site look nearer than others. Although 3D technology has not yet been introduced to web design, web designers can still create the illusion of depth.

5. Large Photographic Backgrounds
Large scale, high resolution photos covering the entire site: this is an instant way to grab the audience’s attention. But web designers should be careful to select content-appropriate images, because images without context, even very beautiful, will disrupt user’s experience.

6. Constant Connection/ Life Stream
During 2011 there is a focus on constant connection in the form of lifestreaming. Live Twitter feeds, exact locations during the day with Foursquare, these are just 2 of the prominent features on personal blogs and portfolios.

Learn and practice all trends in web design by attending Griffith College Web Design Course. This way you will master your skills and be able to deliver the web designs your users will expect to see. In addition, Griffith College also offers Microsoft Training for those interested in improving their skills in the IT sphere.IT Training is never redundant, especially with the constantly improving operational systems and software and hardware applications updates.

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