While Web design is always evolving, we're seeing these trends in 2011:
Simple Color Schemes—It's popular to use only two or three colors in your site design and then use a lot of shades or tints.
Mobile Ready—Forecasters are predicting that smartphones will outsell personal computers this year, so it's becoming increasingly important to design with mobile viewing in mind.
Design for Touch Screens, Not Mice—Now that more and more people are using smartphones or iPads for their browsing, traditional means of navigation such as drop-down menus may not work so well in these new mediums.
Depth Perception—Layer objects, drop shadows and other 3D effects to create dimension in your site.
Large Photographic Backgrounds—Large, high quality photos are becoming more popular. Arresting photos capture attention quickly and draw your viewer into your site.