Writing about trends is ungrateful work. They change quickly and web developers need to seek for new ways of making internet more beautiful. However, we are developing web not only for us, but for all people of Earth connected. So, in this case the interests of mass user should be considered. Trends hurry to rescue in this case. Somehow instinctively we created this term to have a chance of harmonizing our creative potential with current requirements.
Talking about such important part of the backgrounds, you could notice that they experience an intensive evolution. Trends in background appear and disappear with an inevitable fastness. So, not to waste our time for ephemera, let’s check the features of modern website background trends, which have become stabilized and hold the position.
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The background layouts on current top designs are fullscreen and high-resolution. It’s already became a characteristic feature of fashionable website look. The conclusion here is that a natural human tendency for visual specification is unlimited (the fact that camera development is concentrated on the quality of illustration just confirm this thesis).
Okay, you can say: you got the size should be big, but what’s about the content? What should we exactly put in the backgrounds? There are couple sources: real life and graphic.
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Everything, we can take from the real life directly, fits this points.
Yes, in most cases we can watch simply photos of different things, which correspond the website theme: people, nature, furnishing and so on.
The precious thing about photos is that it’s quite simple to transform the primary material by adding effects.
Black and White
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I haven’t seen that anyone wrote about such trend, but I’ve noticed a lot of new websites, which present the main information with videos. It’s not surprising due to the developments of devices that can afford playing such type of media and of course the fact that people prefer to get information from clips (hail to YouTube!). Video can also be processed with different effects: a proper approach can make them a piece of art.
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Under graphic I mean all the images that go from our inner world. It’s made primarily by our hands and I can outline classic and digital paintings, graphic design and other types of Photoshop shamanism.
This is a bright and splashy opposite to minimalism. The infantilism of such method will evoke the emotions, especially in the contrast with some serious theme of the website.
The name of minimalist style speaks for itself: the background contains as less elements as possible to convey the theme of the website. Less colors, less forms, less typography, less volume. This makes people focus on the meaning.
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This classification is relative and the power of a true creator contains in the skill of proper combination of all these trends. So, the new ones will be created. It’s a universal regularity, which works in web design as well.
Art Rivera: Deeply interested in everything connected with Internet, I sincerely suppose the web is the only future reality for the humanity through its inevitable involving into every part of human life. I’m not a great fan of cyberpunk concept, but the world is keeping that certain direction of total connectedness. And of course there should be someone, who can write the history, who would describe and analyze and enter in the record all notable changes and tendencies on the web. Hello, it’s me.