Categories / Shop Center

Five Tired Web Design Ideas to Lose in 2014

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 3 min read

Even the coolest trends go out of style. Whether it’s that eighth-grade haircut you wish you could forget or a dated UI, few things stay fresh forever. This is especially true for web design, where the year’s hottest trends are outdated and difficult to use by the start of the following year. You don’t have to be a slave to design, but if you want change, here are some web design ideas to ditch in 2014:

  1. Too much text.Users who love to browse the mobile web don’t want to take the time to read through long blocks of copy. Unless you’re designing a blog or news site that depends on written content, try to keep it tight. Paragraphs need to be short, and the majority of your pages shouldn’t feel overcrowded with text. Large images can help give the pages more visual impact.
  2. Overly lush graphics. Yes, sites have to be eye catching and visual impact really counts, but, slow-loading pages turn off more users than they attract. All 3D elements and animated transitions need to be placed strategically. If you feel you really need one, make it relatively fast to load and enhance the loading screen with interesting colors or a visually arresting progress bar.
  3. Font buffets. In today’s day and age, it’s tempting to want to use a variation of fancy web fonts. Resist the urge. Curate, curate, curate. Find one font that suits your site and leave it at that and avoid fonts that are hard to read. This also goes for mobile web design. Even a basic, “boring” font like Helvetica can create an impact with great typography and layout.
  4. Stocky looking stock images. You’ve probably seen this one before. It’s become a major pet peeve for users. Make sure any images you use are specific to the site’s owner. Avoid images that have a blurry, out-of-focus or overly glossed up look of stock photography. In addition, make sure all shots of staff, if applicable, are appropriate for the site. If it’s a corporate site, animated shots might look unprofessional, but portfolio sites should have evocative portraiture.
  5. Inorganic UI. Users need to be able to navigate a site intuitively, so the content should be clearly prioritized in the layout and typography. All forms need to be self-explanatory and the navigation through each should be simple. If that parallax scroll hijack you were thinking about isn’t completely necessary for your site’s usability, than it might be too much.

These are just a few web design concepts you should move past. Obviously, there are some great timeless design ideas out there and as long as you are creating a great UX, you can decide what trends to follow and what trends to ignore or modify.

Lettering Worksheets
Getting started with hand lettering?
Free lettering worksheets

Download these worksheets and start practicing with simple instructions and tracing exercises.

Download now!
About the Author
Creative Market

Making beautiful design simple & accessible to all.

View More Posts
Go to My Shop
Related Articles
  • Hey! _Definitely_ LOSE THE GREY TYPEFACE!!! For Heaven's Sake! Text like This on This Page is Such A Strain on the Eyes! (Pardon, but the caps go with the tone of voice I'm using here - just short of shouting, which is what grey typeface makes me feel like doing.) Add light green (see above right) and light blue to that too - they are even worse. 8 years ago
  • [@Nancy B. Thompson](user:319216) , maybe you need to adjust your screen settings? The gray typeface on this page is perfectly confortable for me. I would even say its easier on the eyes then the high contrast of a black on white can be. 8 years ago
  • I think the grey is fine but, in this case, size DOES matter. ; ) The post font size here is perfection. The tags are readable but getting a little small however still acceptable. This is where color vs background is important and this site has a really nice contrast/balance. Totally in agreement about the stock photography 'look'. With the addition of photos here (thank you very much) there is no excuse to see the same photo on a bazillion websites. Use them for placement, yeah, but for your personal website/pages/sliders/ posts - shell out a few extra bucks for some 'original' images or experiment with some lovely actions, etc. 8 years ago
  • Oh, goodness, AMEN! How I hope more people read this article AND actually practice it! Really, great read. 8 years ago
  • Agree with Kelly, only reading is not enough, we also have to practice it correctly to apply well onward. 8 years ago
  • *Relevent* content is king for Google search results, do not pay attention to #1 (Too much text.) if you are trying to get good organic placement in Google. 8 years ago
  • I would add over-Bootstrapping your website. I get the feeling that the web is looking more and more the same. I'm a culprit myself. Maybe it's because we've ditched graphic design programs and jumped right into designing in the browser... 8 years ago
  • @Frederico Leonardo Excellent addition. I would say the same about flat design. Be more creative people. During last 2 years or so websites become more and more similar = boring. More innovation please. 8 years ago
  • It's all about balance and a good eye for design! I really liked your # 5! Thanks for the read! 8 years ago
  • your tips and tricks are so good man . My brother is a web maker and he gets lots of ideas from your blog . he works in metamorphmedia. He and his team makes so cool and innovative stuff. I am learning web designing myself. 8 years ago
  • Great tips. The current trend is of simple and flat designs. So the above mentioned design ideas are not much useful and while designing the websites, designer should consider it. Thanks for sharing such useful post. 8 years ago
  • Great article. I agree with the bootstrap and flat designs statement. Sure it's the trend, but there isn't any originality anymore. There's nothing wrong with standing out from the rest and bringing a little creativity to the mix. 8 years ago
  • I think function consumed the form with the boostrap/flat design trend. Designer just got lazy and ran with the simplicity of it all. Maybe by adding some character to the design aspect could take bootstrapping to another level. 8 years ago
  • Nice post shared ...I would really like to thank you or sharing this wonderful content with us .These points are important to get attractive website design and cannot be overlooked .Get more tips of designing at 8 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Awesome Thread its was really helpfull, i am new in website dev and i iwant to learn and work with it in my lifetime =] I`d really want to learn how to make your beautiful nav and logo resizing on scrolling. Keep up the great work cya around :) 8 years ago