The trends in website design change quickly with the fast technological advancement.
For web designers, it is the time to mull over the latest trends that will lead the roost in the coming days and pledge to use them to come up with superior, efficient, and user-friendly designs.
The following are 5 web design trends to pay attention to in 2016.
Flat User Interfaces
This will probably be the biggest trend to define web design in recent years. The inclination to ditch skeuomorphism and opt for flat user interfaces where every design element is 100 percent functional was evident in 2015.
Windows and Apple ushered in a shift in old web design mindsets by using flat UIs in their respective operating systems, Windows 10 and iOS7. Then most brands embraced the concept to redesign their websites, and it is now evident that you will see a lot of flat designs all over the Internet this year.
With more and more users accessing and using the Internet on their hand-held mobile devices, web designers will continue to focus on creating mobile-friendly user interfaces. They will think more about coming up with responsive web designs that can seamlessly adapt to the specifications of varied devices, platforms, and operating systems.
In fact, many brands whose lion’s share of customers use smartphones and tablets to access the Internet will adopt a mobile-first design strategy.
This means that web designers will now have first to ensure that their designs fit a small screen.
Increased Use of HTML5
HTML5 was already making quite a splash in the web designing world; its influence is only going to increase in 2016. In fact, web designers will increasingly use HTML5 with CSS3 elements to create beautiful, supremely functional, intuitively navigational, and minimally bandwidth-hogging websites in 2016.
Meanwhile, business owners can feel happy in the thought that HTML5-driven websites need only a fraction of the developmental efforts needed to create similar sites using different technologies.
Flash will be still around, though.
Minimalism in Navigation
It may be the need to make web designs more mobile-friendly. Or it may be an inclination to go the “Less is More” way. Whatever may be the compulsion, web design this year will go minimalist on the navigation front.
So this year expect to see websites featuring slide-out menus that nestle unobtrusively on one side of the screen and endless scroll pages.
Similarly, there will also be an increase in the use of features like Lightboxes, expanding tiles, and overlays to make the most out of a single page.
These design principles are efforts to reduce the amount of clicks needed to explore content on a website.
Increased Use of Videos and Moving Backgrounds
Brands know that it is not just any content that can move their audiences. It is only engaging content that can stimulate and strike an emotional chord in your audience. And nothing can be more engaging than moving pictures.
So this year web designs will include more videos and move backgrounds to hook site visitors.
Prowl around the web, and you will notice that most of the above-mentioned 5 web design trends to pay attention to in 2016 are already visible.
It is a time you reconsidered your design strategies.
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