Recent Trends in Web Design and Development

How do you contact ant business and check on its products or services or turnover or about the people behind its success. Visit its website of course! Today the face of any organisation is its website and this is the first point of contact with existing and potential clients. It is therefore natural that great importance is given to having a website that is high on aesthetics, user-friendliness and navigability. Structuring a website is a much specialised task requiring the use of advanced tools and technologies and the professional expertise of highly trained technicians in the field.

Web design and development has made rapid strides today and constant innovations are made in this area. Most importantly, there are no standardised methods and every website has to be created keeping in mind the individual and personalised requirement of that specific business in relation to the industry or sector it is in. Since the manufacturing sector or the retail sector or ecommerce platforms have separate requirements for projecting their business to their customers, the websites too have to be devised accordingly.

What then are the recent trends in web design and development that have taken this aspect by storm?

  • Responsive sites – The exponential growth in mobile phone usage means that websites should be so designed that they are equally compatible and clear on any Internet enabled device. This is regardless of the screen size and takes into account desktops and laptops, tablets and smart phones. In the dynamic and digital environments of today, people visit websites on the go from any device available to them to place orders, transact business and make payments. Not catering to this segment of population would mean heavy loss in business opportunities and conversions. Web designers are therefore now focussing on this factor and designing and developing sites in tune with this requirement. These are known as responsive sites that is, one site fits all. It is basically created with flexible grids and layouts into one direct versatile site that adjusts optimally to display content on various screen size.
  • Increase in use of graphics and animations – This is a very critical trend that has made present websites very attractive, appealing and interesting for the visitors. Long drawn out text and content are being replaced by smart graphics and animations with infographics distilling content into an instantly understandable format. This is more so since a single video or a graphic is more potent than a thousand words in conveying the message of a business to clients.

One of the pioneers in the field of graphic design who is an internationally acknowledged expert in this art is Jarrod Carland. His expertise can be seen on Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy and YouTube. He started out in the international entertainment industry and quickly made a name for himself. However, Jarrod has not kept his scope of work limited to this only and has pursued a variety of creative arts in his career. In 2008, he founded Studio Jack, a creative design studio that churns out eye catching visuals and graphics across all visual mediums. For more on Jarrod Carland and Studio Jack, visit us directly.

  • Internet of things (IoT) – It is a highly technical movement where non-internet-connected devices and objects are embedded with network connectivity systems such as tools and sensors that can send and receive data. These chips and sensors can be related and incorporated in anything ranging from the toaster to ACs or any other appliance for remote controlled operations. Web designers and developers may not be directly involved in the manufacture of such devices but they do have a hand in designing apps that analyse and use data transmitted from these devices.

These are only a small sample of latest technologies that are today being used in web design and development.

Ensuring Credibility of News Websites

Being clueless about what is happening around us is a difficult thing to go through. Feeling left behind is also a bad thing to experience. That is why reading the news has become a big part of one’s life.

Getting news in the past was only done through newspapers, but today with the advent of technology, reading news is like browsing your favorite social networking site.

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Since there are a lot of websites that happen to come out of nowhere, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish whether you are coming across a real or a fake news website. Fake news sometimes occurs because of click bait – a tool popular for marketing strategies.

So here are some of the ways to check whether a website is publishing real stories:

  1. Direct Website. Sometimes fake news comes from websites that has redirected you for so many times. They do this for you to go through a series of advertisements and then end up with a malicious news article.

  2. Spelling and Grammar. Fake news sites do not have the luxury of time to check correct grammar, and sometimes even the spelling. So it pays to be a critical reader as well.

  3. In news writing, sources are very important. If there is none or very suspicious sources, then there is a possibility that the news is fake and you are just wasting your time.

The best way for you to know if you are reading a legitimate article is for you to cross-check it. Try to check the more popular news websites that you visit often for credibility and authenticity.

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