Web designing has gone through a sea change and is likely to shed old clothes to don a brighter and crisper look. Many such elements have already gone for a toss and some are awaiting their end. Come 2015, the web designing will be a cleaner space with better features and design elements. Change is eternal and is always for good.

8 design elements that will slowly phase out in 2014

  • Carousel Design:  Carousel has been in the picture for a long time. It enables the pages to have multiple contents inside a space in a folding manner. Based on the  time, the contents are displayed periodically. The feature is now gradually being phased out and newer elements like adaptive content blocks are replacing them.
  • Internet Explorer 9: The web pages no longer need to be compatible with IE 9 as it has been phased out by most internet corporations. For designing websites to be compatible with IE9, many user experiences had to be scaled down.
  • Flash Files: Apple has been the pioneer in doing away from flash. The new devices from apple did not support flash and instead used HTML5 for streaming videos and flash files. In recent times, very few websites are based on flash. The developers have switched over to Adobe Edge which works way better than flash.
  • Skeumorphism: Skeumorphism design paradigm was also promoted by Apple through the design of its devices, but with Android and Windows bet on the flat designs, Apple too chose to shun it in its latest version of IOS. With this the skeumorphism design trend completely disappeared.   
  • Web pages: Rather than having different web pages, the new design trend that is gaining prominence is the single web page system. The trend has been possible due to technical advancements and design. Many websites have employed this trend to make the user experience better.
  • Shared hosting: With cloud computing and PAAS (Platform as a service) gaining traction, the concept of shared hosting will be soon a thing of the past. It is of no use to share the server with someone you cannot see. As most domain service providers like GoDaddy and media temple are going the cloud way, shared hosting will lose its importance.
  • Mobile sites: The “m.” Websites will also soon be discontinued as the same website with the help of responsive design can be browsed on the mobile phone. In responsive designing the website changes its view depending on the screen size of the mobile phone.
  • Drop down Menu: For the longest time, users have been simply pointing there mouse at links to get a drop down menu with an extended list of features. However, the drop down is simply inconvenient and clutter inducing when you use a responsive design, and is a mess to operate on touch interfaces.

With websites now designed specially for mobile phones newer elementary are the need of the hour. The obsolete design elements like the drop down menu, mobile specific websites, IE9 and many others are slated to be done away soon enough.