While thinking about the web design process, it is important to consider all the possible options available on the internet. Web design is a fast moving and continuously changing industry.
In this ever-changing web design industry, design trends come and disappear quite often. However, some fabulous trends sometimes span many years too. Graphic designers have the power to blend the human creativity with the latest technology on a global scale.
The amalgam of innovation and new possibilities have completely changed the understanding of a modern website design.
The user experience is the ultimate goal of every web designer and they take full advantage of implementing new changes and concepts to ensure your website will continue to look striking and modern.
Here are top 12 web design trends which you should definitely be acquainted with and implement into your site to get the most out of your website.
1. Big Websites
Making big websites has become the most important web design principle. Though for many people it is hardly bearable that the website home page contains only a few words with an image or video.
Sometimes, the navigation is eliminated or hidden under the menu button. It looks aesthetically appealing and practical enough. You are able to give users maximum possible information about your services and products when they land on your website.
Plus, it is easier to code and perfectly fit on mobile and desktop screens. The layout remains the same except for the screen size. Full-screen images were in fashion in 2015, but with an easy access to quality images and swifter technology tools, it is observed that the big websites trend was picked up speed.
2. The Parallax Effect
The parallax logic has been changed into several different modifications, but one thing is mutual; web designers use mouse hover to animate elements or features of the web page. If you browse carefully, you’ll see majority of the websites use this effect.
3. Multimedia Integration
The concept of multimedia is quite vogue. The community of web designers and web developers is continuously striving to create effective yet engaging multimedia experiences. A few years ago, flash was frequently used for such experiences.
Currently, it is the HTML5 Canvas element that will ultimately allow you to create any visual effect you want to incorporate in your website. There are several interfaces that are built with HTML Canvas, providing fantastic experience of visual metaphor and epic presentation.
4. Animated Websites
In animated web pages, usually the animation starts while scrolling. There are only a few features that slide into the web page or use a fade-in effect to display.
If used effectively, the animated effect can have striking results. Though it is not too common, if it were widely famous, it could be an irritating effect.
5. Flat Web Designs
During the past few years, flat designs were considered as the king. Yet the trend is still famous and is using in smaller elements like icons, illustrations, and menus. These elements look far better than sleek web 2.0 icons and are easily scalable, manageable.
The icon font technology is really great. It is worth observing that flat design is not always so flat. Web designers often incorporate refined effects, textures, images, gradients to provide an amazing effect. The best part of this technology is creative visual metaphors.
Instead of duplicating objects with skeuomorphic techniques, flat design tries to convey the idea through a catchy and fun visuals that work fine in various sizes. This trend is something like collage and blend with other visual styles.
6. Rectangle Framework
Web designers always come up with creative things, to provide out of the box layouts. Usually, every web designer needs to work in rectangle screen framework and every HTML element of the web page is a rectangle as well.
There are certain strategies that can prove you are not only bound to that particular shape. You can use circles, hexagons, and any irregular shape to put all layout elements on it.
7. Creating Tiles
If you are comfortable with rectangles, you can format your content by creating tiles. Tiles in the web design industry have more power to sell than the Windows 8 Metro interface.
Usually, tiles work effectively with responsive layouts and create classy layouts at the same time. If tiling seems boring, you can come up with irregular zigzag ends, pushing elements or bringing the content across the edges.
8. Mashup Interfaces
The continuous appreciation of single page websites brings challenges that can easily be solved in user-friendly, innovative and visually grabbing ways. The biggest challenge is to fit a lot of information and features into a single page.
Moreover, the page has to look clean, modern, classy and easy to navigate. Mashup interface is a perfect solution to overcome the issue. The layout with many layers that can be adjustable to required functionality and text requirements.
It is the nature of every desktop application though it is not very popular in the world of web design so far. Currently, the trend of such interfaces is growing and they are becoming more refined and functional.
9. Designer Automation
It is a new trend in web design industry, presented by electric designers of The Grid. In this system, websites are built on the basis of artificial intelligence. It analyzes the text to detect the best layouts, color scheme, fonts and images for your website.
By using the standard design basics, the websites will possibly be better than what an average web designer can come up with. In this process, you don’t need much human effort as the entire process is automated.
Obviously, this is the beginning and there will be a tough competition in the web design industry about which service can deliver great designs faster and with less human intervention.
10. Minimal Effect
Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS) is the all-time favorite rule of web design industry. Almost every designer work hard to keep their designs simple yet stylish and there is always some room to improve the process further.
You can keep your web pages visually quiet and still achieve a classy, great feeling. Try minimizing the text and colors as much as possible while adding realistic videos.
11. Navigation Gadget
It is good to experiment with your website navigation, in fact, it is designers’ favorite hobby to play with it. Experimenting with navigation usually doesn’t produce effective results especially when web design is solely in flash.
The decline in flash has resulted in sublet menus, lack of animation and unconventional interactivity. But edgier navigations have the potential to use across multiple devices.
12. Load Time
For websites, speed is everything. You only have a few seconds to make a good impression on users before they move on to any other website. Google suggests web developers to adopt a mobile approach to satisfy the increasing number of users using mobile devices to browse the web.
According to Google, your load time should be less than a second, websites with higher load time are likely to suffer in terms of lower search rankings. There are several tools like GTMetrix that will help you measure the website speed and load time.
These web design trends have been gained popularly and are likely to profoundly influence the way websites will be created. However, if we wrap up this article in a single sentence, the most important one while designing a website would be content always.
But nowadays, a progressively aesthetic emphasis on web design may result in many mistakes in terms of wireframing, navigation, copywriting and many more. As you widen your horizons with the latest techniques, always make sure that you don’t forget the standards.