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web design predictions for 2016


The last 18 months have been interesting in the web design world. With large images, simplified navigation, and flat design, it’s a trend that’s been welcomed by the general design population.

But what will web design look like in 2016?

An article by Matthew Mombrea in IT World looked into the future and came up with a solid list of predictions of upcoming web design trends for 2016 and 2017.

Renewed Emphasis on Originality

Companies will stop following the trend of the large, wide photo, and we’ll hopefully see an increase of custom-drawn elements and carefully-produced animations.

Credit: Mint Design Company

Credit: Mint Design Company

Evolution of Flat Design

Gradients were ditched when flat design became a trend. Sometimes flat design can introduce a host of other problems, though. The recent trend has moved toward semi-flat design, with the use of subtle shadows and card/tile concepts. This will likely continue throughout the next year.

 

Image source: Google

Image source: Google

Micro Experiences

Presenting mini apps or experiences within a larger area. This is intended to give the user options without overwhelming them.

Credit: Space Needle

Credit: Space Needle

Reduction in Page Height

Users are tired of scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. It’s tiresome. If sites were to consider their content and the goals of the interaction a little more, clicking to trigger a drill down into the site wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Credit: Alfred

Credit: Alfred

Focus on Typography

Thanks to Google Fonts, more care will be taken with choosing fonts, font sizes, and weighting in the near term.

Google Fonts

Google Fonts

We’re sure that more design change is on the horizon, but for now, this looks like a great start.

To read the full article: Web design trend predictions for 2016 – 2017

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