Web Design 2005: Have crystal ball will travel

Well, as the year draws to a close it’s often a time of review, along with predictions of the coming years trends.

While this is sometimes akin to shaving your head, painting a red target on it and handing someone a rubber mallet it (people have uncanny memories when you’re wrong) it’s never less than a great conversation starter.

Forty Media have put together an impressive list of themes, looks, layouts, colors, typography, coding and content management influences for the year ahead.

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Most tellingly (IMHO) they are using one the techniques they nominate as one of the big movers of 2005 — Scalable Inman Flash Replacement or sIFR .

Look at the heading and subheadings. Smooth, finely sanded edges and elegant but non-standard fonts. Understated but very classy (disable javascript to see what the text would look like for non-flash browsers).

Lightbulbs (accompanied by that lilting ‘ting!’ sound) will appear over the heads of designers over the coming months as they, as a group, realize that one of the holy tenets of web design – limited font choices – has been fractured, if not quite smashed.

I’m tipping a new wave of font torturing not witnessed since the glory days of David Carson.

Fun times ahead!

  • So, what were your major new influences in 04?
  • What are your predictions for 05?

Let me know your thoughts.