Just like any other fields, web design is always evolving with the passing of time. There is a saying that goes: “If you are not ahead of the times, you are behind them”. It’s perfectly true! As a web designer, it’s essential to know what the current and upcoming trends are. It helps you not only stay ahead the competitions, but also meeting your clients’s expectations.
Without any further delay, let’s get started to examine these web designing trends dominating in 2016.
A young software developer, Nick Babich said that: “The best product do two things well: features and details. Features are what draw people to your products. Details are what keep them there. And details are what actually make our app stand out from our competition”.
This saying is one of the most concise ways of describing how crucial micro-interactions are! From tapping an alarm to turn it off, liking a Facebook post to setting a status message, micro-interactions seem to happen all around us. They are an important part of almost every design project.
People always want to be heard, seen or listened to. So, there is no doubt that if you design a website that does not include some elements or moments which user need to interact with, they won’t spend much time per their visit. Long story short, micro-interactions make devices more human-like in their moments. As a result, the design is more usable and enjoyable.
Cards have been known as a visual way to communicate between people for a long time. In fact, we are using cards everyday. We send birthday cards, greet cards. When we travel, we send back postcards. My wallet is also full of cards such as: credit cards, debit cards, store cards, even driving license having the standardized format of card, etc.
Taking advantages of this idea, card layouts were born and now become very popular in web design. In a nutshell, cards play a role of “content container” into which all the most relevant information about a certain topic will be organized.
Speaking of card design, we can’t avoid mentioning Pinterest.
Today, the influence of cards is also spreading out cross many other sites
Suppose you have a site with a lot of data that need to be scanned, then the card layout is the best choice.
Flat designs and Material design
Flat design is always the most designer’s favorite choice and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
With this design, the color will fill the page, it makes the page more vibrant.
Nonetheless, for those who prefer a more realistic approach, you can choose material design which is a simple google’s design layered language.
Material design gives more depth to flat design by incorporating light and shadows, while featuring grid-based layouts and responsive animations.
The web has never looked more vigorous than it does today. Cool animations are used more and more to enhance a site’s storytelling. They make a site seem more like a communication where visitors can interact than a simple portal to find information.
From smooth animated gifs to small hover animated or page loader, it’s the perfect tool to draw users’ attention.
The days of “above the fold” are over. Long scrolling sites are more and more common lately. It’s the increased usage of mobile screen making the success of the long scroll.
Long Scrolling offers us designers the opportunity to tell a story, promote interaction. Infinitely scrolling sites also entices user to stay longer. Especially, it works well with touch controls and opens the door for more intense, immersive experiences.
Fewer photo, more illustration
Illustrations connect with users a more personal way than photos do. They offer a warmth and a stunning depth of originality that simply can’t be matched by other visuals and add a unique element distinguishing your works from others.
Illustrations will bring a rich taste of art to your websites.
Meanwhile, will you use illustrations in your works?
Responsive Website Design
Want to know what responsive design is? Let’s open this blog on a desktop browser, then slowly make the browser thinner and wider. Do you see it? The layout magically adjusts itself to fit any sizes of the browser. That is how responsive websites work!
With this design, instead of creating different websites for different devices, you just need to rearrange the elements to fit into any screen sizes. Your sites will look awesome everywhere. It’s time to say goodbye to zoom on smaller device to read content. Visitors will get better experience. And as a result, you will get more happy visitors which also lead to more happy clients.
With the aim of saving time in our day-to-day workflow, these trends clearly show a real concerted effort to make the process of building website much easier.
Of course the most popular trends are not always the best choice and they also do not mean “new”, but they are good tools to have waiting in the wings should you need them.
Your turn! Do you agree with these trends? What web design trends have you noticed that I left out? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.