You know how some people say that it's best to lay off heavy make-up and go for a more radiant, natural look?Well, the same goes for web and print design. Simplicity is the trend for 2014.
Don’t be afraid of plain colors, simple type or lots of white space; they're your friends and can help to highlight your content in ways you may not have considered before. If you're still using Flash opt for more modern design languages such as HTML5 and CSS3.
Let’s talk about visual trends that we will see more of in the coming year. “Flat design is a simplistic design form in which 3D effects such as drop shadows, bevel and textures are purposely excluded, therefore making it stylistically 2D.” No longer just for App and web design, Flat design has begun to make its move towards print. This new trend will most certainly update the look of promotional items like postcards.In fact, Flat Design is the new norm: as Adrian Taylor puts it in the article "Flat and thin Are In"
In the last several years, we’ve seen a rapid shift in software and app interface design, from 3-D and skeuomorphic to flat and minimal.
Yet another visual trend alert that we love are the use of large images on web sites. Look for big images used in the background of your favorite sites.Want a 3D effect for your website? Try parallax scrolling. Essentially, parallax scrolling is when the background of your site moves slower than the foreground. This is what creates the 3D effect as you scroll down a page. Truly genius when done right and the best part? All the fun from the movement we used to get from Flash without the lower page load rates!
Whether it’s for your business or personal needs, the paper stock you choose can make a powerful impact. Trending for 2014 are exclusive, ultra thick paper stocks. These paper stocks are 3x to 8x thicker than the industry standard. Imagine your next black tie party invitations printed on luxuriously thick invitation envelopes. We can hear the oohs and aaahs already!
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