The Direction of Blogs- Design and User Experience Trends

You have to study the latest trends in order to establish yourself as the best

Readability, visual appeal, and user experience are all important considerations when it comes to keeping a blog that draws the readers in.

The design of your blog is going to have a very large impact on how readable it is, because ease of use and visual appeal are important to the average blog reader. There are certain design and user experience trends that are becoming prevalent, guiding the direction of blogs to better suit the readers they are targeting.

The Direction of Blogs

The blogging arena is one that is constantly changing. What is trendy and important in blogging today may not be the right course of action a few months from now. It is important for bloggers to pay attention to their readers to find out how user experience trends are changing. Using tools like online survey software can help you get answers about what your readers or viewers are thinking. Turn around and implement this feedback on your blog and you will see noticeable differences in your readership.

Design Trends

Design trends change consistently in blogging. Keeping your blog up to date and relevant to your purpose is essential to creating the right user experience. Here are some of the current design trends that are seeing the light in blogging.

  • Complex Magazine Layouts: Magazine layout themes are becoming increasingly popular, especially because they allow for an increase in functionality and design elements. Utilize unique layouts, headers, and graphics for a truly dynamic blog design that is complicated in both look and appearance without sacrificing simplicity in use.
  • Typefaces: In the past, blog design focus went to the images, and most text was handled with a basic font like Arial or Times New Roman. Today, more focus is going to using unique and relevant typefaces, since there are thousands of different Freeware fonts available for use which can be found online. Font design can be just as important as graphic design in the creation of a blog. Choose fonts that are relevant to the concepts of your blog to help build identity and visual appeal.
  • Web 2.0 Trends: There is no concrete answer for what Web 2.0 is, but what we do know is that it is the future of the web, and it is all about delivering the best user experience for your readers. Bold, colorful, easily maneuvered, and user friendly blogs that are graphic-intensive, readable, full of content, and visually appealing will bring in more readers than anything else, which has a lot to say about the future direction of blogs and blogging. Web 2.0 blogs are glossy and shiny, polished and visually appealing with large and prominent graphics, custom typography, and user-friendly maneuverability.

Above all else, you should consider what your readers are looking for in your blog, and center your design on their needs and desires.

The design and usability of your blog should evolve with your readership so that you are constantly bringing your visitors what they are looking for.

  • In your article, you mentioned and briefly explained about the web 2.0 experience. And I agree, it has a lot of descriptions. IMHO, it helps us to see that the days of static and dull web pages are over. If sites are not filled with YouTube, or the like, videos then the theme pages have to be vibrant to jump out and grab your attention while being readable. Hopefully, the content will backup what is being promoted.

    Nice article.

  • Selena Narayanasamy

    Thanks!! 🙂

  • I think the design of a blog doesn’t really matter in the entire scheme of things. A good design could be easily ruined by plastering of ads, or horrible content. I think bloggers should focus on producing great content, and getting more readers

    • I agree with this. I have seen plenty of blogs with nice designs that have ruined it with loads of ads (many have accused me of this in the past).

      I’ve also seen blogs that have some of the best content but the ugliest designs I’ve ever seen and they seem to be pulling in the traffic just fine. 🙂

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  • I agree with all your points. One more design trend today is using many social icons especially facebook and twitter.

    One more point i would like to add is – the future [ I mean the near future] is Web 3.0 and not web 2.0.

  • Web 2.0 is the now being a popular trend for blogger and social media peoples to make online connection and distributing the content. No doubt, there is a bright future is waiting for this fantastic trends.

  • I agree almost all of the points, especially readability.

    However, seeing the results at the moment, a lot of Web 2.0 sites which are abused and surprisingly they rank very high too.

    Most of them don’t have readable contents though.

     

  • rnd technologies

    Nice think.