Posted By: Sarah Mattes
In a world where new technology is popping up over night, how can we keep all the “old” technology up to date and be just as inspiring as the next best thing?
Today’s college campuses are swarming with new design classes, new media formats, more advanced software; all these new elements concerned with the topic of design and how design affects the way we view the world around us. But if you take a minute and scan a couple websites throughout the internet, you will see some striking similarities between different sites.
In Jason Abbruzzese’s article on Mashable.com, he describes just how minimalistic our web design is becoming. He explains how major publications are using the same basic model to format and structure their websites. Time and NBC News are the examples Abbruzzese gives to prove his point. The main focus is on three design elements: divided sections, large media, and clean line and colors.
If you take a look at both websites we will see these three elements loud and clear.
Yes the minor design elements are different, but both websites have the same features: big pictures or videos to draw you into a story, a separate column for the most up-to-date news, and a very clean and uncluttered look. Take a minute and explore some other websites to see how they follow this exact pattern perfectly.
One of the reasons Abbruzzese’s article states is that web design is a form of art and just like any other art, it follows a trend. The current trend is minimalistic design and a “responsive” format. A responsive format means websites are able to adapt and change their look for the wide range of devices that we have; there are mobile sites and tablet sites, wider versions for larger screens, designers have to consider all of this when creating a site.
Responsive design is something, I think, will never go away, it will continue to change and grow as technology progresses. But is the flat and minimalistic phase here to stay? Will designers in the next few years grow tired of the same old look and bring back the gradients, the shadows, and the fun elements of design?