2015 has come to a close, and you know what that means – there are lots of new trends in store for us in 2016. One area that is projected to have some of the most exciting, new developments is web design. Here are some of the features you can expect to see on websites in 2016:
- More UI design – UI, or user interface, design is already huge, and tech experts expect it to grow even more in the next year. Some of the most popular formats we’ll see are hamburger menus, long scroll, card layouts (thanks Pinterest!), and hero images.
- Centered content – Placing your brand’s main message at the center of the page is a trend that’s predicted to blow up in 2016. With a backdrop of striking visuals, this design element works best for pages that want to emphasize minimal content.
- Split content – For pages with more content, we can expect to see a split page layout with wide sections that function independently of one another. Think content on one side, visual elements on the other.
- Animation – Lots of sites already feature some form of animation, but expect this interactive feature to become more prominent. Large and small scale animations can enhance a site’s storytelling capabilities, and it can be entertaining for users. Some areas you’ll see it are loading screens, hover animation, and with smooth scrolling.
- Material design – This is a new style design that Google recently launched, and it’s expected to grow significantly in 2016. Relying on shadow effects, texture and gradient to create depth and movement, the overall design is much more realistic for users.
- Flat design – Flat design has been around for awhile, and it’s not going anywhere. This is web design that emphasizes the basics and is less concerned with three-dimensionality. The focus here is on type, colors, and icons.