2012 has been an exciting year for web designers and web designing. A number of new designing styles and techniques emerged throughout the year that made way and evolved into some solid trends for the upcoming year. Being a humble designer myself, I have been observing these emerging trends quite keenly during the previous year, and now that the new year has finally arrived with all its zeal and fervor, I would like to present my readers with the 5 Design Trends of Website Backgrounds that will Prevail in 2013.
Backgrounds are and especially important aspect of a web design. Only a decade ago, there we used to see websites with absolutely bland and plain backgrounds. But as the web design got more evolved, we saw that the websites with colorful and interesting backgrounds stood out from the rest of the www crowd. These website backgrounds not only keep the visitor’s interest intact for quite some time onto the website, but it also attracts users in terms of usability and aesthetics. In this post, I have kept the stream of my observation towards website backgrounds only. However, for the new year 2012, some interesting new trends have appeared in other aspects of web designing as well, for which I would recommend you to take a look at Keep an Eye on These Web Design Trends in 2013.
I hope this post provides you with informative insight and some good food for your inspiration for your future web design endeavors.
1. Full Size Photo Background
Using large photos as website background is perhaps the most popular web design background trend that will continue to be in practice in 2013. Using large photographs in the web design create a magnanimous impact on the on-looker and produced a great first impression. Also, in today’s web market, users are fond of less techno and more natural-looking website appearances, which can be easily produced with a full sized photo background.
No matter how attractive full size photo backgrounds look, their application depends highly upon the type of website. Backgrounds with large photographs are best suited for photography websites and more glamorous websites like online fashion magazines. Using such a background for irrelevant website would create confusion for the user. Also, large photos in website background take more time to load, so use it only where you think it suits best. The choice of image is also of utmost importance, be very careful about the quality, size and nature of the photo before applying it. Also, these photos can not always be with human element, you can place other natural and scenic photos as well.
2. Blurred Background
Emerging alongside the aforementioned design trend of using large size photos in website background, the custom of using blurred image background is also becoming popular and will continue to do so in 2013. Nowadays you would see a number of websites with entire background image or just a part of it to be blurred and used as a background. Websites with such background give a very subtle and decent effect to the visitor.
If you want to use a blurred image background, make sure your website fits in that category. Such backgrounds are usually used by sophisticated technology products or services, web applications or mobile application websites. It can also be used for a a designer’s portfolio website.
3. Subtle Background Patterns
Gone are the days when websites had solid color or gradient based backgrounds. Nowadays even the most simplest of websites have background with subtle patters. From the visitor’s point of view, websites with subtle background patterns not only create attention, but they are also a good way to show that the designer has paid much attention to the details. Although, many visitors may not even notice the background patterns of your website, it however creates a sense of professionalism and somehow completes the design.
As compared to the full size photo background, and blurred image background, the web design with subtle patterns background loads much faster (as a smaller repeating pattern will load much faster than a large background photo or non-repeating texture that sits in the background of the design). You can either download subtle patterns from a good web resource website or you can create customized patterns yourself.
4. Minimalistic Background
Minimalism is a famous design style and an all-time favorite of most web designers these days. Minimalism roots down to the point that ‘less is more’ and this is what most web designs we see these days have in them. The first impression a minimal web design background reflects on the visitor is that the website is decent, sober and focused, and this definitely produces a great first impression.
Minimalism may be the most practiced and most loved design style, however, it is equally difficult to achieve. Especially in the case of a website background, there is a very thin line between a minimal website background and a plane and flat website background. In order to create this balance, a web designer needs to be very careful in choice of colores and textures being used in the background. Also note that minimalistic background does not necessarily mean a ‘white’ background. There are some beautiful minimal website backgrounds which are in different beautiful colors.
5. Textured Background
Textures were used in different elements of graphic design from quite a long time. However, using textures in web design as website background is an emerging trend that will continue to be in practice in this new year as well.Using textures as website background can give it an element of uniqueness and are a good element to seek attention of the visitor.
Textures can be very tricky when using for website background. Like patterns, textures should go with your website’s theme and overall concept. Putting a busy texture on an already busy website or placing a subtle texture for an already clean website can be a big mistake. Always remember to use the kind of texture in background which may not overpower the content of the website.