Stacey Dunleavy
over 6 months ago

Web Design trends

Does anyone use image maps anymore? Is everything Bootstrap-oriented for mobile and tablets? What about "flat" logo designs? How long is that projected to last?

Rachel Nixon

stacey i don't really understand what you are talking about

are you a web designer? how did you get started in designing?

Ben Gemborys

Hi Stacey,

With today's modern capabilities, image maps aren't really used that much anymore. But if you are to use them, here are a couple things you might want to consider. 1. Create a fallback for your image map. This can be as simple as creating a table or list of the links contained in the image map, and placing them directly below the image map. Using a table creates a fallback for users who can't see or use the map. 2. Make the image map responsive so that it changes size based on the size of the device being used to view the map. When designing for mobile browsers it is important to consider the restrictions and limitations users might face especially with having a small touch target size.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Is everything Bootstrap-oriented for mobile and tablets?" Bootstrap is a front-end framework created to make designing for the web faster and easier especially for cross-platform responsive design. All mobile and tablet design does not use Bootstrap and Bootstrap is not exclusive to mobile/tablet design. Bootstrap does use a technique called responsive design which is becoming the new standard for designing a great experience across all browsers without having to serve up different websites. I would highly suggest reading Ethan Marcotte's: Responsive Web Design.

As for "flat" logo design, I really don't think it is going to go away any time soon. Consider the iconic corporate logos created by Saul Bass in the 1960s; are these not simple flat one-color shapes used to clearly represent their brand? Really what we have seen in recent history is a movement away from Web 2.0 graphics that featured a lot of unnecessary bevels, gradients, and shines that were hard to translate to print and corporate branding. Flat design strips these elements of their flash and keeps the shapes and color that helps to easily define an icon without having to use light and shadow to create the illusion of 3D. I wouldn't look at it as something that is going to last, but instead look at its goal which is to simplify design down to only the elements that are necessary to convey the message.

I hope this find you well. Feel free to ask any follow up questions!

A friendly Jobcase neighbor, Ben