Web Design Inspiration and Royal Baby News

It’s a boy!

It’s nice when good news is the number one trending story on Twitter and the World Wide Web.

I’m predicting the heir’s moniker to have George somewhere in the lengthy string of names that he will have to carry for the rest of his life. Today will be a big day for news.

Designers might have little to care about in the wake of the heir’s birth, but it serves as a reminder of the need for ecommerce/news sites to be designed to fulfill an audience’s expectations, not a site creator’s ad platform.

royalwebsiteThe official Royal website uses a pretty simple web template with a carousel of rotating images at the top, two columns and a large photo background of Buckingham Palace at the footer. Large photo backgrounds have become one of the biggest trends in web design this year.

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