The ever-evolving genre of web designing greets variegated design trends each ensuing year. 2016 was a year of dawning for the web as trends advanced towards a user-centric approach. While many new trends knocked the door of designing this year, we also observed that existing trends are growing stronger, due to the ceaseless support offered by their counterparts.
In web designing, there are certain trends that steal the show when collaborated with another trend. They not only enhance the aesthetics, but also the functionality of the web pages in most of the cases. Given here are the 10 web designing trends that support each other and make the ‘site’ look immaculate across all the browsers and devices.
Images have always been the focal point of a layout for the web designers. Big images contribute largely in conveying the story that a brand carries. But, the trend runs into a problem when the images fail to scale themselves in sync of the screen size of the device. Responsive designs support “Big Images”, and make sure that everything is at place when the viewer is accessing the web page from different devices.
Nothing grasps human attention like motion does. Ani-Motion gained immense popularity in the e-commerce landscape and has the fancy of both the users and designers. Just like the big imagery, ‘Ani-motion’ too flops when a website fails to scale itself. However, responsiveness provides the needed support and complements motion animation on all the devices.
Interactions And Micro-Interactions
The primary idea behind creating any website is to keep the users engaged. Micro-interactions help the developers by keeping the user active on the page. They give a human feel to the website and hold a user’s attention without making him feel strained.
One thing is certain that user-experience is not going anywhere as long as the web exists. The de-cluttered look, smooth navigation and nonpareil functionality of flat designs complement the UX.
One Page Layout
Current mobile traffic equals the traffic that reaches websites through the desktop. One-page layout complements the mobile-first trend effectively. It puts clicking and tapping out of the scene and lets the users scroll through all the content on a website with ease.
As mobiles are becoming a commonplace, web designers are focusing on enhancing the UX by simplifying navigation. In the same attempt, designers are replacing traditional menus with the ‘navicon’. Hamburger menu has also crept into many desktop websites and enriched the UX commendably.
The visitors of today are reluctant to read the unneeded verbiage scattered across the web. They seek for the content that is more approachable and convey the story of the brand in just a few minutes. Full-screen videos help designers to present an influential and engaging brand story without using too many words.
Most of the recently introduced web designs have pushed the boundaries of storytelling to next level. The reader of today seeks for a website that entertains him along with providing useful insights. Parallax scrolling complements the vitals of storytelling by presenting some of the visual elements. By using two or more superimposed layers that move at different paces, it creates depth even in the flat design layout.
Tile navigation is an absolute hit for the content-rich websites. The layout appears prominent on web pages and presents your content in an orderly and easy-to-perceive format.
Designers have understood by now that heavy layers of text won’t be effective in the longer run. They are focusing on optimizing the presentation of the content. Designers are customizing the tone and feel of the content by using visually striking typography.
To Wrap Up
Designing is an ever-progressing field and presenting information through an outdated mean will simply make you fall out of favor with web development community. It has become vital that the tools and techniques you deploy support each other unwaveringly to make the site more engaging and appealing.