The last couple of years have seen tremendous changes to the Web design and development game. Web standards have (thankfully) cemented their place, accessibility is reaching critical mass and more and more developers are reaching wider audiences with responsive design.
Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of businesses will decide to redesign their websites this year. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 3 Considerations When Redesigning Your Website in 2013.
These are obviously in addition to the many considerations that must be made on every project; such as price, time frame, colors, content management systems, etc.
1. Responsive Web Design
First, I’d implore you to read this post from the Duncan Daily back in February that covers responsive design on a much deeper, more in-depth level.
It’s as important now as ever to shift towards responsive Web design. If you’re planning on redesigning your website this year, taking your mobile visitors into consideration should be priority No.1. Mobile is not going away anytime soon.
2. Retina Displays
In June of 2010, Apple announced the Retina display – an LCD screen with approximately twice the pixel density of average displays.
What this means is that most images, on websites not optimized for Retina, will appear pixelated and blurry. By designing with Retina in mind, you can ensure your new website looks sharp for any visitor.
3. Flat Design vs. Skeuomorphism
There’s a war raging in the Web design world between those who love flat design and those who love skeuomorphism.
Skeuomorphism is the act of designing for the web by borrowing pieces from the real world. For example, the shutter sound on camera phones or buttons that look like their tangible counterparts.
Flat design is built on minimalism and clean user interfaces.
Sacha Greif has a great article on his blog about the battle between flat design and skeuomorphism.
In conclusion, the aforementioned points are only a handful of the considerations that you should make when it comes to building a new website, but each can be huge strides towards creating a great site that will serve you well until the next iteration.
The most important part, though, is to continue iterating.