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All that Glitters is not Gold: Don’t Always Trust Popular Trends for Web Design

Web designs are like most cultural products. It works in its own seasons and experiences slight change every now and then. Sometimes only certain features and components are the ones that are tweaked, and other than that there is an entire new wave of designs that sweeps away the world of web design and development in Dubai.

As the technology advances, web designers need to cope up with the innovations so that they are on the same page. In the similar context of technological innovations and fine-tuning the web design accordingly, there are some web design trends emerging as a result that are not up to the mark. They deteriorate or interfere messes with the user experience in one way or the other which kills their popularity. Designers need to be aware of such design pitfalls before they fall into the trap of the latest adaptations. Let’s see what they are:

Hamburger Menu

Hamburger menu came out as an amazing alternative to an uncluttered navigation. It provides a clear way to main space of usage which has led to its popularity recently. The idea is great as users usually have no difficulty finding the menu, as long as they know what they are looking for. Little do the designers understand that it is a dangerous bet for higher visibility means higher usage and limited visibility means less exposure to options immediately.

E-commerce sites and news sites suffer the most as a result for their businesses are highly dependent upon immediate exposure of the user. Not to forget that even for RSS feed hamburger menus won’t do you much good. If your website belongs to one of the categories mentioned, then perhaps hamburger menu is not for you.

Popup Menu

Drop down menu can be a nightmare especially for the small screens, regardless of the skill level of the users. Popup menu controls can really save us all in this regard as it has a contained list of menu options which are super easy to become friendly with and scroll.

However, the use of popup menu works best when used in settings where it actually fits. Take data input for signups, dates, or to make any other process streamlined. Constant popups for various other marketing reasons can be annoying unless they are simply creative and are easy to shut down.

Complicated Typography

There are so many typefaces available today that they tempt the designers to use as many as they can on a single page. Although this is a major flaw for any kind of website, a lot many designers are still using it.

Using more than two or three fonts in a single document is really confusing for the user especially when there is a lot of text that you want the user to read, but their focus is lost. There may be circumstances that holds the right justifications for using various fonts but bear in mind, they are never a good idea if you are aiming for aesthetic appeal or improved readability.

Negative Space/ Whitespace

Negative space, often known as white space, has an important part to play in the usability of a website. It is the space that is often found between or around an image, or a design element. It has its own power as an artistic element in art as well, such is its importance. For a website, it helps make the content easy to read. The web designers, unfortunately, consider it as a wasted space.

When the CSS and HTML elements leave no empty space as default, a problem arises but it is often ignored by the designers. What happens as a result is that the content does not stand out and the Call to Action (CTAs) don’t stand a chance too. Ensure that you work on getting a good negative space to tweak those elements into being easily visible so they stand out and don’t look too crowded.

There is no one such rule that applies to all the web designs. Therefore, it is necessary to look into the matter and decide based upon the appropriate implications of each of the trends. Just don’t forget to give weightage to user experience and proper functionality, and you’re good to go.

Mariya Sabeen Irshad
Mariya Sabeen Irshad
Mariya Sabeen Irshad is a Creative Writer and Blogger. She is a staunch believer of ‘logic’ who loves her family, likes to write about anything and everything, and console games are her idea of an engagingly fun activity at any time of the day, with football leading the way. Follow her @MariyaSIrshad

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