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Website Design: Trends and Examples

A trend is any form, style or technique that becomes popular among a considerable group, generally as a result of being perceived as novel in some way. Trends must not be mistaken for fads, the difference between them is that a trend evolves into a relatively permanent change, while a fad is driven by emotional excitement and thus more likely to disappear in time.

Implementing the latest styles and techniques in a web design allows businesses to remain competitive and can have benefits in terms of marketing and SEO. Staying on top of trends and using them in your own web designs can help keep a website relevant.

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Five Types of Stock Photography to Avoid

Stock photos have a bad rap. They’re campy and cheesy and the butt of plenty of jokes. But what’s great about them is they’re often the catalyst for promotions or gags—sort of a comedic blank slate.

Enter the new Vince Vaughn movie Unfinished Business, which comes out Friday. Twentieth Century Fox has teamed up with iStock by Getty Images to create a set of stock photos featuring Vaughn along with co-stars Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco and others.

The film’s synopsis sounds right up Vince’s alley: “What began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable—and unimaginable—way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.”

Twelve images are being made available for free download—for editorial use only—over three weeks. The first four are available here.
But you can see the whole hilariously sterile set below.

UPDATE: It turns out these images were made by Photoshopping actual cheesy stock photos. Check out the originals, paired with the parodies, as GIFS here.

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Current Web Design Trends

Currently, the rule of thumb is: The bigger the better.

The Perfect Image
Unless the client already owns the perfect image to convey their company’s message,  designers like myself are spending much more time finding the perfect image for the home page, placing it above the fold with minimal words and a link to an inner page or blog.

Full Screen Video
PayPal helped bring the concept of video to the mainstream.  Personally, I love that full screen video is being utilized in the header, or anywhere on the page.  Incorporating video into the design is going to become more and more popular. And, why not? It enables online businesses to get their message across quicker and in more creative ways. It also keeps the end user engaged longer and pulls them into an experience.

Multimedia Experience
Check out this site. Here, the artist pulls us into his world. He allows us a sneak peek into his creative process and encourages us to participate.  This is the wave of the future in design. Offering the end user an experience. Are you ready? If not, call me. I can create this — or any other — type of website for you.

Jim Suhler

Website Redesign

Well-known guitarist Jim Suhler was dissatisfied with the website another design firm had created for him so he approached me for advice. Jim wanted his website to offer digital downloads for his entire album collection. He also needed a tour calendar that he could update himself. I created a website that is hip, easy to navigate and chock-full of cutting-edge features. And now, Jim Suhler has been added to the “another happy client” category.  Check out his website:


My New Studio

My studio has moved to the artsy Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown Dallas. I am located in the South Side on Lamar building with a fantastic skyline view of Dallas. For many years, this was known as the Sears building. In recent years, it has become a historical landmark building and is home to many talented artists, musicians, writers, actors and producers. South Side on Lamar is a fabulous creative space that inspires me and influences my work on a daily basis.