As we’re coming to the middle of this year, everyone analyzes the recent trends in web designing and web development. However, in this article, we’ll see what web designers and developers are trying to utilize the new features to create impressive designs. We will also try to look into the factors that are driving this change.
1. The days of static design visuals are dead
2. Grid-based designs, Mobile Designs, Retro Designs are gaining popularity as well.
But Grid based is used mostly in portfolios, product pages, and big blogs; they rarely appear on corporate websites or online shops. With the huge amount of data present, classifying information based on context rather than content will be paramount for companies that handle a large amount of data (financial, social, etc.).
3. Print Design influence
Traditional print design techniques are increasingly being applied to the Web, be they layout techniques or rich, versatile typography. Web Designers are taking layout and design inspiration from print. This includes lots of whitespaces, large type, use of a grid, and a clear hierarchy of elements. These websites’ layouts often resemble those of print magazines or posters, with striking headlines, multi-column text, highlighted quotations, indented text, supporting imagery, side notes, and footnotes.
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4. Faster and better Web browsers
Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera have offered more choices to web users. But, well, it is part of a web designer’s job to make sure that texts are easy and nice to read on all major browsers and platforms. With browser wars in full force, technological advancements are more commonplace than before, giving users of modern web browsers a better web experience than those who will not or cannot use them. This has surely driven competition in web designing.
5. Growth of community-oriented Platforms
In many ways, the growth of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has led the web to be much more community-oriented. Along with these changes will come increased focus on getting information in real-time. Twitter is one of the examples that give immediate and breaking information on the sites. With more and more growth of such social media platforms and more people participating in creating information on the web, the way we obtain information has shifted from being from a singular source into a more community-created source.
6. Interactive Designs
Web designers of Web applications pay significantly more attention to how functionality is presented and are trying to improve the user experience with more interactive and responsive solutions. There’s a lot more emphasis on site usability and creating sites that are minimalist in design and easy to navigate (perfect use of CSS and a grid-based layout). Horizontal scroll bars have been out there for a decade, but today it feels that they are gaining a new context. The move to horizontal scroll bars is probably an attempt among some designers to provide a more distinct user experience. One way to make websites more responsive is through “keypress navigation,” which hasn’t been widely adopted so far. But lately, we’ve observed more designs implementing this effectively. Web designers of Web applications pay significantly more attention to how functionality is presented and are trying to improve the user experience with more interactive and responsive solutions.
7. Slab Typefaces
These are relatively new, as logos and headers were smaller and more understated by web designers in the past. However, combined with the trend toward larger headers, slab typefaces demand the reader to take notice.
8. Rich and strong Typography
It has played a major role in Web design for years now. Bold, strong, heavy headlines can effectively convey the purpose of an e-commerce website or portfolio, while subtle headings help structure content and improve legibility. Obviously, the big change we see today is richer, more versatile typography. Oversized logos on an equally oversized header and Footer. We’ve further noticed that Web designers are extending their font stacks, adding increasingly more fall-back fonts if a specified font is not available.
9. Recent trends
10. More Personalization
As web designers look for more ways to attract users and prospects to their websites and generate business online, personalization is emerging as an important component of managing the web experience for site visitors – and delivering business value. Be simple, invisible complexity, big and bold, art and creativity, a bigger picture. Web Typography is going to reach some new heights in 2016-2017. Jquery, Mootools, and CSS3 are evolving and reaching new levels of quality and ‘interactivity.’ Everything seems to be moving forward to larger elements that focus the attention.