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Now that we’ve left 2013 and moved into 2014, it’s a great time to look forward to the new year and think about what incredible web design trends we’ll be seeing in the upcoming months. Of course, nobody has a crystal ball when it comes to seeing into the minds of designers and guessing the needs and wants of users, but here’s a list of what our experts believe we’ll be looking at (literally) in 2014!

Code free design. With advantages in technology, it is now easier than ever to gain a web presence. In fact, sites like Wix.com and Webydo.com allow users to build beautiful sites without a single line of code! If you’ve ever wanted a site but HTML gives you the willies, this is a great trend to catch onto in 2014.

CMS sites. “CMS” stands for “content management systems,” and WordPress is currently the most popular. These systems make organizing and keeping a blog fast and easy; we expect they will retain their popularity in 2014.

Responsive design. This one is a bit of a cheat since it’s been exploding over the past couple of years, and it’s no surprise. With the rise of mobile and users browsing the web on a variety of different platforms and monitor sizes, responsive design is a must if you want to reach a wide audience.

Flat design. Think a minimalist interface with blocks of color, strong lines, and hardly any use of gradients or 3D elements to “trick” the eye. Sound a bit familiar? Microsoft’s Windows 8 is an example of such, and we can expect it to stay big in 2014.

Retina display. Since retina has become the thing in most modern displays, this means that images are going to need higher resolutions than ever in order to look good. As retina displays literally double the amount of pixels that can be displayed, it’s important to consider how to get high resolution images that don’t bog down loading times.

These are the trends we’re looking forward to in 2014.

What trends are you looking forward to? Are there any that you’re dreading?

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