Top Web Design Trends That Will Stick Around In 2016
In the web design industry, trends come and go all the time. Since it’s impossible to keep up with all of the trends, Mississauga businesses need to know which ones are important enough to invest time and effort in. You don’t want to spend money on having design elements implemented into your website when they will be going out of style soon anyway.
Of all of the web design trends of 2015, which ones are expected to stick around this year? Here are some ideas of what you can expect.
A flat design is expected to be the leading aesthetic element throughout 2016. New sites will launch with a flat design, and existing sites with flat designs will continue with that look. Flat, clean logos and text are easier to read on smaller devices.
This day and age, responsiveness is the top priority of website owners. A flat design without any fancy elements means that a page will load quickly and that content will be delivered to viewers more effectively.
No More Stock Photography
Websites ditching the use of stock photography and other elements are an increasing trend. It’s a waste of time now to visit stock image directories in search of photos to use on your webpage. Users are getting tired of seeing the same generic images on every site they visit.
Now, many businesses are opting for a more personal solution and hiring their own photographers. Doing so helps their website to be more welcoming and less business-like.
Another trend expected to be around in 2016 is full input screens, such as logins, order forms, signups, etc., as opposed to them existing in only one portion of the landing page. Clicking on “contact” or “join” will trigger a full-screen overlay rather than take the visitor to another page. This strategy offers a number of benefits: it gives more screen space for mobile users to touch, prevents another page from being loaded, encourages visitors to complete the form, etc.
When this type of web design is done correctly, it is visually pleasing. The idea is to divide the content of a webpage up in individual compartments. In the old days, content was typically placed in a single column of text with an image or two here and there, spread throughout the page.
In a modular design, the site is built using a block and grid pattern. The elements are placed into modules in rectangular patterns. This is a useful design for projects where there is a lot of content, yet bits of it are unrelated. The modular design allows for you to place all of the content on a single page, yet separately.
Since web design is becoming increasingly flat, website owners must come up with ways to make their sites stand out. One way they’re doing this is with rich animations. However, the animations are presented in a subtle way, rather than a flashy, cheap-looking way. In 2016, come up with creative design elements that add some uniqueness to your site, but in a subtle way.
The most important thing to focus on in the upcoming year, and probably for years to come, is responsiveness. Visitors will demand a responsive, interactive design and care about user-friendliness more than the appearance itself.