17 Jan The TOP 6 Web Design Practices That I Hope Disappear in 2015
The Internet is riddled with conventions that become so because they’re adopted and used often, eventually evolving into best practices. Farther down the road those best practices are challenged by new ways of doing things sometimes brought on by an evolution in the hardware available in the marketplace and the software we use to create experiences. Ultimately those best practices become stale and dated, and it’s only inevitable that they lose favour to other more palatable trends.
Here are the TOP 6 web design practices that I hope disappear in 2015
1. Carousels and Sliders – although originally meant to serve the specific purpose of making your website homepage seem dynamic and interactive, carousels, especially in the hero spot, have been abused to no end. This website explains it all: http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/
2. Fat Footers – I used to really like fat footers. In fact, I recommended them to clients. Now with the advent of sticky navigation and overall better design, they seem pretty useless.
3. Hover Menus – the hover state should be removed from the toolkit of all UX designers purely because of Mobile First practices. Ever try to hover on something when you’re surfing on your iPad? Epic fail. Unless of course John Anderton you have setup a Kinect!
4. Page by Page Navigation – infinite scrolling is the way of the future! Actually, it’s the way of NOW and pagination is the way of 5 years ago. Google however still keeps it around, so there’s likely little hope that it’ll completely disappear in 2015.
5. Flash – did you already think this had gone away? Me too, until someone requested a ‘flash developer’ at a resourcing call recently. Now, I’m not talking about Flash Video players…those will be around for awhile, but apparently there are still some holdouts in the world that are still using Flash as a development tool even though in 2011 Adobe admitted that Flash is a developmental dead end. Most notably it is the Advertising industry that is keeping Flash alive, followed closely by Gaming. Apparently Flash ads are still the norm because they’re easy to create, click tracking is easy to integrate, and their footprint is still quite small. If only HTML5 could compete…
6. Pop-ups!!! –Can’t pop-ups just die already??!? They were gone for the longest time, then reemerged as in-page modal windows that lock the page content until you complete an action. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered an internet user who said to me, “I just saw this AWESOME pop-up on Amazon and I immediately signed up for that newsletter!” Nope, didn’t happen. Please leave.