What's your favourite web design trend?

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  1. Shriker
    Magical

    Shriker Shadowlack Owner RPGfix Admin Patron Game Owner

    What web design trend do you like the most? Which ones do you dislike? Rounded corners, flat shapes, soft gradients, pastel colours, bevels (I'm looking at you, 90s), etc. Are there any design trends that you'd like to see more of, or that you think should make a comeback?
     
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  2. Kitsufox
    Batty

    Kitsufox Resident Game Owner

    I went through a recent phase with the previous layout for CoSC that used a lot of rounded corner. But that was mainly because there were a series of tabs on the top and it made sense to continue that through the site.

    Though we're switching over to a modern looking, super sleek layout that's mobile friendly. And I do think the Mobile trend is important to get on board with. More and more users are spending more and more time on mobile devices. I'm even one of them with my own site. And I work from home and spend most of my time there. I just like being able to pop on to my phone and check what's going on and still have the site be usable should I decide to stop and make a quick response.
     
  3. Shriker
    Magical

    Shriker Shadowlack Owner RPGfix Admin Patron Game Owner

    I'm hoping that mobile sites end up more of an accessibility necessity than a trend. <3 Although that does remind me of one of my pet peeves: sites (news sites in particular), that show a prompt asking me if I want to view the full, mobile site, or download their app... and when I pick, it doesn't remember my choice for return visits. Grr! That ends up being more annoying than ye ol' splash pages with no pertinent information on them.

    I think "Download our App!" is the new splash page.
     
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  4. GreaterRealms
    Caffeine Fix

    GreaterRealms Newcomer Game Owner

    As I am getting older and my eyesight getting worse (and my monitor and resolution getting larger), I've found myself a huge fan of darker designs (like this one!). A soft, dark grey with a light grey font is perfect for me for being able to read--with a few, or even just one or two colors to highlight important stuff (like bright colors for buttons, links, forum headers.)

    Soft rounded corners, css wise or used with gradients are still a thing I enjoy. I remember when--was it called web 2.0? came out and everything was glossy, glassy and gradient! I think a touch of that is okay--but not an entire site. xD

    I am also a fan of larger, readable fonts and using larger/responsive widths. I feel like having a very slim forum with monitor sizes these days to be like wasting space--if that makes sense? And tiny fonts are so very hard to read! You don't need to worry about wasting ink or what-have you on the internet, so having a medium-large font size won't hurt. Making it readable is definitely a boon for design for me.
     
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  5. Collapsible Myth
    Creative

    Collapsible Myth Resident Game Owner

    Enjoying the growing trend in minimal design, remembering the days of flashing bright buttons are thankfully going away. A big thing in that is coming forward is responsive sites, to not have to relay on a separate or 3rd party app to give access of your forum to your members is welcoming.
     
  6. Xexes255

    Xexes255 Newcomer Game Owner

    Blurbs.

    Having a 1-2 sentence place to figure out what the site is all about. We only have a 3 second attention span, so blurbs capitalize on that, telling us if this site is what we want or not. It lets us figure out if we belong that much faster.

    Newsflash: You don't really choose your members. They choose you. (Unless you ban them, etc).
     
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  7. ShadowGamers

    ShadowGamers Fresh Blood

    I really love the rounded corners trend.
     
  8. Nathan Hunter
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    Nathan Hunter Resident Game Owner

    I tend to lean a bit towards simplistic and plain, though I view that bias as 'clean and efficient'
     
  9. Shelter2015
    Energetic

    Shelter2015 Newcomer Game Owner

    I love keeping things very clean and one to three colours where possible! Just because it makes pulling a scheme together easily!
     
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  11. AngelMT

    AngelMT Newcomer

    ^This.

    It's something about simplicity that I really like, and I try to practice myself. A flashy and bold website is fine and all, but I tend to see real success in those sites who keep it simple. Xenforo seems to be the trend now-a-days, and I think its due to its sleek and simple theme.
     
  12. SlumLord
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    SlumLord Newcomer Game Owner

    Specifically regarding forum RPGs, I always seemed to gravitate toward the side bar, with the intro, links, census, cbox and all that in there. Recently made my first site without a side bar and it feels strange!
     
  13. I'm not enough of an expert to make specific comments but I will say that the trend towards clean design that I've seen out there is something that I enjoy quite a bit. Minimalism go!
     
  14. I like a clean design its what we've gone for, something that is easy for people to use.
     
  15. dlstaff

    dlstaff Newcomer

    Simple and clean is a trend I am liking. Another that I like seeing is fixed menus so certain links are always available no matter how far you scroll down the page.
     
  16. Tainted Snow Queen
    Cold

    Tainted Snow Queen Resident Game Owner

    Rounded corners and simple color scheme, like having a black background with white text (this is a throwback from when I used to look at websites with all the lights turned off on a CRT, so websites with a white background would throw off a lot of extra light and hurt my eyes). Though, I am fine with a subtle off-white background with black text.
     
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