New Trends and New Opportunities in Web Design
Websites need to be designed to impress. Latest design trends such as vertical patterns, material design inspired interfaces and slide style sites are growing in popularity.
Here are some of the trends that have emerged and will prevail in the future too:
Vertical patterns and scrolling
With more and more people using mobile phones as the single point of access to the internet, vertical pattern designs are becoming more and more popular. Mobile traffic exceeds the desktop traffic and more and more websites will need to be designed with a vertical flow. The vertical scroll was almost extinct until the need for mobile websites emerged. Mobile websites need a lot of vertical scrolling if all the content needs to be accommodated.
Card style interfaces
Card style interfaces are becoming more and more popular as they are make your layout look clear and neat. Another major advantage of card style layouts is that they can be made to fit all screen sizes, as the screen size reduces, they can be made to stack one above the other. This makes them more suitable for responsive designs.
Video style headers
Video clips are growing from small snippets to full length videos. Including video previews is a great new trend that adds to the appeal of the website design.
Tiny animations are a fun way to engage users. Moving elements can be used anywhere on the website. These tiny animations will continue to grow in popularity in the near future too.
Focus on interactions
User interactions are important for website design. They create a link between the device and the user. True interactions provide the value to the user experience with your website. These small interactions decide how users communicate with your website and whether they wish to further associate with your website.
The emergence of usable type tools such as Adobe Type Kit and Google Fonts has definitely helped web designers to use creative and beautiful typography for their websites. Big and bold type faces are still in demand because they can convey the message clearly and more conveniently. The aim is to communicate the message in a highly readable as well as creative manner.
Illustrations and Sketches
Illustrations and sketches are not for children anymore. Illustrations are growing in popularity when icons and other small interface elements need to be designed. Illustrations sometimes give a personal touch to the website. This is because the illustration or a sketch seems to be hand drawn and it looks and feels personal. This can greatly help in creating a connection with the website visitor.
Websites with slides
It all began with sliders where a website could move images within a frame to display various images. Then there were full screen slides where the entire slide is refreshed to display new content to the viewer. These slides work with a click, scroll or a time out. This is one trend that will stick on.
Designers have a lot to consider while developing future ready websites. These were just a few examples.