Weekly Web News Round-Up (04-10 Jan)

As our blog is growing more and more every day we decided it could do with a little more substance. Enter our weekly web news round-up posts. We thought this would be the perfect way to sum up our week, with a new round-up every Friday. Round-up posts can include web news, our favourite industry articles and the occasional silly internet snippet. So without further delay here is our weekly web news round-up for the first week of January!

1. CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

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If you didn’t know (we’re not quite sure how you missed it!) the consumer electronics show started this week. With huge technology giants attending as well as start-ups, there is always the possibility that life-changing gadgets and software for designers and developers could be revealed. Virtual reality devices and headsets seem to have dominated the show this year with HTC, Samsung and Facebook all going head to head for the VR crown. As well as virtual reality gizmos, the show is boasting an array of ultra-high definition televisions, drones, smart home devices and tonnes of wearable tech. But remember, the show’s not over until tomorrow and you catch up with all the latest consumer electronics show news over on the official website’s newsfeed.

2. Typography Trends

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It’s the start of 2016 which means that a whole load of businesses are going to change their website up to comply with the “new year, fresh start” stereotype. In short, everyone wants to know this year’s design trends (we actually did an article about that!) But another biggy this year for the web design industry is typography. Unfortunately, most of the web design trend articles don’t even mention typography. It’s too often an afterthought when a heavy emphasis is put on other visuals like images, layout and animations. Typography is both an art and a science which makes it difficult to master. However, we found this awesome typography trends of 2016 article over on the Creative Bloq for you all to have a read of. Apply a few of these theories to your web designs and you could see greater user engagement, lower bounce rates and even a higher return on investment for the new year and well into 2016!

 

3. UI (User-Interface) Colour Schemes

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Also under the subject of “new year, fresh start” is re-branding your website or business which can mean, choosing a new colour scheme or palette to work with. However you don’t just want any colours, you need ones that are based around the user interface. Over the past few years, the importance of user interface has been brought to the forefront of any web designer or developer’s mind. However, colour schemes can be something that is frequently overlooked when user-interface is concerned. Having colours that create a better user-interface is imperative for websites and their success as well as longevity. Combine your knowledge of the psychology of colours with these user-interface colour matching techniques and you’ve nailed it.

4. One Page Designs

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Throughout 2015 one-page designs became more and more popular with company giants like KitKat, Oakley and Renault all jumping on the bandwagon. There is no doubt in our minds that this will continue throughout 2016. However, there are some factors to take into consideration before changing your designs to single pages. We found this handy pros and cons of one-page designs article for you all to check out. It weighs out all of your options in a non-bias, completely factual way to help you make a more informed decision about what direction you want your designs to head down in the future.

Well, that’s it for this weeks weekly web news round-up. We hope you enjoyed it!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance with your web design this new year. Also, if you have found a story or want one of your stories featured in our weekly round-ups of the future please tweet us or send us a message on Linkedin. Happy designing!