Well 2015 has come and gone. It was a good year, and we saw a lot of amazing web designs. Some that carried over from 2014, and a few new ones that is shaping the web into what it is today. It’s 2016 now and as tradition holds, we’re going to take you on a journey and share with your our picks for the most anticipated designs trends of 2016 and beyond.
With the slow death of Adobe Flash, one would easily think that the web is going to become more motionless. Flash has powered the animations of websites for many years. However, with flash support dying off in favor of the more robust, stable, and overall cleaner implementation of HTML5, the web is becoming more animated than ever thanks to CSS3.
In 2016 we can expect to see a much more animated web. CSS3 animations allow developers to add a wide variety of animations to elements on their pages. We can expect to see things like motion activated animations, hover based animations, loading screen animations and more in the coming year.
One thing that 2015 helped to bring about was the popularity and widely adopted use of storytelling in websites. Most people are just used to navigating websites to find information. It’s actually quite refreshing when a website has more to offer you than the mundane experience we’re so used to seeing.
When your websites tell your visitors a story, it engages them and gets them more interested in your site. It also tends to make them stay on your page longer than they normally would. This powerful technique helps to create interactivity for your users and keep them engaged. We can expect to see more of this in 2016.
Keeping It Simple
Personally for me, there is nothing nicer than a sharp, clean, and minimal web design. This goes for logos as well as actual web pages. Fortunately I’m not alone in this. One of the largest and growing trends over the past few years has been moving from flashy and complex, to minimal and simple web design.
When you take on a minimal design approach, you’re putting more emphasis on the elements of a page that truly matter. As with many things in life, sometimes less is more. The web is no different. Minimal web design is both elegant and efficient. It puts the user’s attention on the key elements of your pages, getting rid of all the distractions. Minimal web design isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
One Page Websites and Parallax Scrolling
It’s safe to say that 2015 helped introduce and make parallax scrolling popular. For those of you that aren’t sure what parallax scrolling in websites is, it’s just a special design technique websites use in their designs to help give the illusion of movement on their pages. This is typically accomplished by having background elements on a page move slower than the elements in the forefront of a page when a user scrolls. Websites in 2014 and 2015 saw quite a bit of this, and it’s likely to stick around.
Another popular design trend from the last couple of years that will be sticking around for 2016 are one page websites. Using one page websites are a great way to engage users and keep them reading your content till they get to the very end of your page. Most of the time on traditional websites, users lose interest having to click to additional pages to find out more. Using one page websites, users simply keep scrolling the page until they’re done. It’s safe to say you’ll be seeing a lot more of these types of sites in the coming months.
One thing that seems to be taking over web design over the last few years is the steady comeback and use of flat web design. Flat design is an old technique and has been around for quite some time, but as of lately has made a huge resurgence in the world of web design. Additionally, flat design is slowly evolving into what is being coined Flat 2.0.
This evolution of flat design keeps things in 2d while adding some extra design elements like gradients and shadows that help give designs a more 3 dimensional feeling. It goes without saying, Flat web design is here to stay, and 2016 is going to see a lot more of it as move further into the new year.
Responsive Web Design
By now I think we’re all familiar with those three words. Responsive web design has taken over the web as we know it. As more users are moving towards mobile devices, so is our world wide web. If we want users to be able to easily access our websites when they are on the go, we need to make sure our websites look great all all devices.
To help emphasise how important being ready for mobile is, back in April of last year, many website owners were scrambling to get their websites ready for Mobilegeddon, which was all about the Google update that affects a website’s ranking if they aren’t mobile friendly. With this being the case, websites are adopting responsive web design more than ever now. Look forward to a more flexible web in 2016.
The year 2015 was a great year for web design as a whole, but I have a feeling 2016 is going to be even better. Many of the design trends of 2015 are sticking around, especially things like responsive web design. We definitely didn’t cover all the design trends out there, but these are the ones we think will shine in the coming year.
What design trends are most interesting to you and you think will pop up in 2016? Drop us a line and let us know in the comments!