Trend 1: Responsive web design (RWD)
Trend 2: Infinite scroll and more vertical scrolling
Trend 3: Sticky navigation/fixed headers/fixed position design elements
Trend 4: Parallax scrolling
Trend 5: HTML5 and CSS3 are here to stay
Trend 6: Flash is out for mobile website design
Trend 7: Leaner, faster, high - performance websites
Trend 8: Modular design using design process building blocks
Trend 9: Scalable web design (SWD)
Trend 10: Designing for the retina web and the mobile web
Trend 11: The beta model release - going strong
Trend 12: Thinking big - Oversized buttons, headers, background photos and text
Trend 13: Simplicity - Minimalism is better
Trend 14: Single color sites - effectively using monochromatic color palettes
Trend 15: Illustration in web design
Trend 16: Social network badge design
Trend 17: Circles in website design
Trend 18: Blurred backgrounds
Trend 19: Single Page Websites
Trend 20: Skeuomorphic design is on its way out
Minimalism cuts away all the fluff and reduces web design to the essential elements, to achieve sleek and simple, elegant, professional and user-friendly websites. The trend towards mobile website access has forced designers to pare content and navigation down to the minimum, so that the most important messages are conveyed first.
Design principles in minimalist web design are:
Adding white or black to a single color gives you different shades of that color. To avoid monotony while using a single color, use at least one dark color, one medium/dark color, one medium color and one light color. This way you will achieve interesting highlights through contrast. Using as single color as a base, use shades, tints and tones to create variations.
These websites were developed in a monochromatic color palette. Clean, bold, elegant and unified, many of these websites are minimalistic in their presentation.