23 Jan Web Design Trends for 2017
With the start of the New Year, it’s time to watch out for the future and what it holds in respect to websites and web design. As technology continues to advance and becoming more integrated to our daily lives, users desire more from their user experiences.
According to research, users want a relevant, personal and interactive UX. This means that the web designers must adapt and develop a website that is dynamic enough to respond to the users all through the process. When it comes to 2017, here are some insights as to what you need to be on the lookout for;
Layouts That Emphasize On Content
As much as people love the designs of different websites, it’s the content of said websites that keeps them coming back for more every time. Over the years additions such as sidebars, banner ads, headers, call to actions, popups, comments, etc., have ended up cluttering websites and taking up space which could otherwise be used for content. This is why web design is moving towards presenting content to the users in such a way that it’s efficient, intuitive and eye-catching.
The End of an Era for Flat Designs
As with any resource, flat design has been overused. To a point whereby you find that most websites these days look quite similar. This means that as sites continue to look similar, they lose their individuality and aesthetic appeal for the users. As for designers, this restricts creativity. This is why there is the movement toward a more minimalistic approach to design as characterized by Google’s Material design aesthetic.
More of Geometric Shapes, Patterns, and Lines
During the last quarter of 2016, we have noticed that geometric shapes patterns and lines are becoming more popular. This can mainly be attributed to the simplistic feel that these shapes bring to the website. The use of these items makes the website look cleaner with less clutter. The most common use of these shapes in 2016 has been incorporating circles around images. By utilizing geometric shapes, a designer has infinite possibilities on how he will use them.
More Gifs and Animations
GIFs have been around for quite a while now. However, what’s incredible is that GIFs are now more sophisticated than before thus giving designers an opportunity to express themselves. Animations have also come a long way. With the use of CSS and SVG, designers can create some stunning results. SVGs are gaining popularity due to their key properties of scalability and vector. With SVGs, a designer doesn’t have to worry about accounting for pixel densities; they are resolution-independent making them look great on whichever device.
More Efficient Collaborations between Designers and Developers
As design continues to have a larger role in shaping business, collaboration between designers themselves and developers has grown over 2016. As projects continue to get bigger and more complex, more collaboration between designers handling different aspects of the project becomes more apparent. When teams are working on disparate parts of the project, more collaboration and communication is essential to make sure that every team stays on point.
One thing is for sure in 2017. We shall see more of these design techniques at play. While one might think that all these trends are great, it is however not recommended that you try to cram them all into a single website. As the saying goes, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Keep things looking simple and elegant.