Our Design Predictions For School Websites in 2015
Published on 29/01/15
It’s not just popularity of design types that will change over the next 12 months, but the technology used to support it. There is already buzz online, predicting the next big thing in school websites, and we’ve listed a few of our favourites in this blog.
5. Fullscreen or background videos or images on home pages
Research shows users like watching more than reading, and it’s much easier to tell your school’s story with great photography and video, even if it’s a short rotating clip. You can see great examples of video home pages from The Thomas Deacon Academy and St John Plessington Catholic College, and a stunning full-page photography home page from Werrington Primary School.
4. Ghost buttons
Considering fullscreen photography? Ghost buttons are great at providing necessary navigation, without intruding on your site’s imagery. Take a look at these sites for great examples of ghost buttons: St Bernard's High School, Kimbolton School and The Chafford School.
3. Fullscreen navigation
Typically normal practice on a mobile or tablet screen, fullscreen navigation is fairly new to larger desktop screens. When a user opens the menu, they are looking for more information – and a whole screen menu offers this beautifully, and effectively. Kimbolton School, Thirsk School and Sixth Form and Armadale Academy really show off fullscreen navigation.
2. Upwardly responsive websites, meeting the demand of larger screen sizes
In 2014, we took the step to only design sites that were completely responsive (you can read more about responsive design here). 2015 will see sites pay attention to big screens too, not just handheld alternatives. St Bernard's High School and Bluecoat Beechdale Academy look great on your mobile, and on your desktop.
1. Slide out/hidden menus
As with fullscreen navigation, the slide out menu type is also seen most on smaller screens. In 2015, we will see the transition to the larger screen, shown on both Fullhurst Community College andAltrincham College of Art's sites.