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Online, first impressions matter as much as they do in the real world. In fact, it might matter even more. According to a recent study, visitors make judgments about the credibility of a website in as little as 50ms. 20% of those visitors will leave your website, and never return. We can avoid a negative judgment by staying current with modern web design trends.

Web design is more than the look of the website. In the recent past, designers have gone overboard with images, color, and clutter. Modern web design is as much about functionality as it is about pleasing visuals. Every element of the website should exist for a purpose.

Show credibility and competency by displaying numbers and stats on screen. A company with 60 clients will appear more credible than one that does not highlight that fact. Even if the numbers do not mean anything, be specific and precise.

Another trend is to base the website on existing frameworks and themes. Popular frameworks and themes have development direction based on user feedback. The continuous iteration of existing themes and frameworks lead to the fast adoption of new standards and features.

A popular trend is the use of flat colors and elements across a website while showing some form of depth. The rise in popularity of the flat color scheme is thanks to Google’s introduction of Material Design in 2014. It is about going back to basics and placing the focus on function over form.

We may see self-driving trucks before we see a driverless taxi service, says Waymo CEO John Krafcik. The CEO says that there are two potential paths forward for the Waymo self-driving technology: A driverless taxi service or autonomous tasks.

“Ride-sharing makes a lot of sense for the world,” he said at Bloomberg’s Sooner Than You Think conference on Cornell University’s Tech engineering campus in New York City. “For goods transportation, which could travel primarily on highways, there’s a good and compelling use-case there, too. Either of those two might be the first ones you see.”

Krafcik says the company is looking at several models for logistics and delivery. He did not share any plans, but there are rumors that Waymo plans to launch a taxi service in Chandler, Phoenix as soon as 2018. Also, we know from Krafcik that Waymo has at least one truck with driverless technology in testing.

To get automakers on board, Waymo is proposing a radical alternative to the current business model. Krafcik is pitching a per-mile business model to the carmakers, where the carmakers would make money over the lifetime of a car rather than a one-time charge. He says that this model will earn the carmakers more.

Waymo is in talks with several carmakers and may sign deals to use their technology.