Web-design is always developing new trends and just when we think that we've mastered a new trend, along comes another. To keep updated with the latest design trends as well as the most beautiful websites out there, we at Panther recommend these 3 top notch web-design directories. Click on the logos to visit the sites and get inspiration for days.
Remember what websites used to look like back in the mid nineties? The days of yahoo and geocities? Well it may surprise some people that there is a trend to revive the aesthetics of that era of webdesign and it is called brutalism.
This trend parts ways with the customary rules of UX design such as usability and legibility. Brutalism can be describes as a retroish trend in webdesign that is purposefully chaotic, free and raw.
Awwwards further decribes brutalism and says: "We can find an excessive abundance of Hover effects, System Fonts, Web Safe Colors, Hero Typography, Micro-Interactions, Pop Culture Icons and Images in the weirdest and most uncomfortable of places." While this trend may not be everybody's cup of tea, we present you with some examples of Brutalist Websites. Many others can be seen at www.brutalistwebsites.com
Expect to see more of the following trends in web design over the coming year.
Panther has an evergrowing list of free apps that you can add to your website to give it added functionality. These apps are conveniently located inside your website builder and can be added with the click of a button. Below is a collection of ten app examples to give your website that extra umph:
If you run a restaurant business then you may want to consider adding the OpenTable reservation app. It allows users to make reservations directly from your website.
Through the Facebook API, you can add Facebook comments to the bottom of your posts to increase engagement.
Instead of posting a link to an external PDF, our PDF embed app allows you to embed the entire PDF in your web page. Users can scroll through it as they would on PDF. This is very nifty for showing your course material, menus etc.
Help users know your availability schedule by embedding the Google Calendar app into your web page.
Run a music website or want to post podcasts? Then the soundcloud app is perfect for you. You can customize it to your desire and even add the album art.
Popups are amazing additions to any website. They highlight a call to action and here is the amazing thing: Our popups are intelligent and can easily be set to appear as your user is about to leave your website or timed to appear after a certain time has gone by.
Create an account on Tawk.to and have real time live chats with your website visitors.
Corner ribbons can be used to highlight a special offer or breaking news in a non-intrusive way.
Add a depth of animation to your website with the snow falling effect. Ideal for winter offers.
Allow your website users to leave their feedback in a simple and fun way.
A nice trend in website design is the utilization of full screen page videos as background. This provides a visual creative experience. Some websites use large background videos to create a specific atmosphere and mood, while others use background vieos to show their service in action or to tell a story. Below is a collection of five beautiful examples of websites that apply this trend:
Phrase9 Translation Agency uses a full screen background video to show locations around the world. This reflects the internationalization aspect of their services.
This stylish restaurant lounge uses full video to take the visitor on a virtual tour of their restaurant.
Grain & Mortar is a brand strategy and design studio. Their background video shows a wall with a close up of some of their designs.
Made with our Website Builder. The video production company shows full screen shorts of their documentaries. Check out Panther's ready made music and video templates HERE
Minimalist design emphasizes simplicity and removes all elements considered not essential to function, while simultaneously allowing content to stand out. This trend is a relatively new one and is becoming increasingly popular.
Below is a collection of five beautiful examples of websites that apply the minimalist design trend:
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Check out Panther's ready made art and design templates HERE
A good online store (e-commerce website) emphasizes the products being sold clearly and allows for simple navigation of the purchasing process. Minimal design therefore often works best with online stores. Clutter should ideally be avoided. A good touch of character (branding) is vital to making your store stand out. Below is a collection of five examples of online stores that achieve this in an attractive way:
Check out Panther's ready made e-commerce and retail templates HERE