Another year passed the world by. A whole decade went with it, too, but in the field of technology and web design, a year is already a lot. 2019 was no exception.
Here’s a look at a few of the big updates in the past year, which show how the field will be moving forward.
Adobe Dreamweaver 2020 dropped
These days, it seems like there’s a new markup editor for web design popping up every day, but this wasn’t the case in the past; wasn’t too long ago when Adobe’s Dreamweaver was the only option, essential for both designers and developers. November 2019 saw the 2020 iteration of the software drop, which allows for easier live editing, with semantic tags like <aside> now editable, while auto-sync allows for synced views and real time changes.
Like, literally grew. Fonts were huge, metaphorically and literally, in 2019. Oversize text and good use of typography was a key part of the web design aesthetics of the year, with sites sporting large, bold text.
Another Colour Creative Director & Founder Steve Scott says that 2019 saw a huge change in how fonts were used, thanks to font licensing becoming easier to work with and more affordable. He notes that oversized fonts, as well as those rooted in humanistic and calligraphic elements, have taken the place of their more geometric cousins.
CSS Grid Layout became the standard
CSS Grid Layout is considered CSS’s most powerful layout system, and 2019 saw it coming into its own; found under the hood of a lot of layouts and web design in the year. The system starts from a container or a ‘parent’ element, which then gets sized columns and rows, then ‘child’ elements. The notable thing is that, CSS Grid Layout doesn’t care about the order, allowing for flexibility and easy editing.
Duda managed to secure $25m investment
Website building platforms were good and profitable during 2019, with a report from Zion Market Research saying that the market, currently valued at $6.5bn worldwide, will be going up to $13.6bn by the time 2027.
One player in the field, Duda, experienced the market’s demand first hand, securing a $25m funding boost. The company is all about providing digital publishers and agencies, providing them with tools for creating scaled websites, while also providing team collaboration and client management. The company’s funding success was seen by many as a sign of how big the market really is.