The Top 5 Trends That Will Influence The Future Of Web Design
Each year we learn about new web trends, while some continue to stay and evolve, there are a few trends that fail to leave a mark. However, in this post I’ll be covering 5 of the hottest trends that will influence the web design industry in the years to come.
1. Responsiveness Will Be in Reign
Are you still stuck with a non-responsive website? It’s high time to adopt responsive web design (also referred to as RWD). Almost everyone is aware of the growing popularity of mobile devices for browsing the Internet over desktop computers. Niche websites such as Facebook and others are getting more traffic from mobile devices as opposed to their desktop website. This clearly suggests that it is very important that your site can respond to any device that the user is using to access your site, which can be achieved with a responsive website.
Besides, with the release of Google’s new mobile-friendly update, it has become more important for site owners to have a mobile-ready website to improve their search rankings on mobile devices. To help users build a mobile-friendly site, Google has provided a lot of useful resources. Most importantly, it recommends using RWD over other design patterns, so as to deliver a consistent experience to users on all the devices.
Both of the above discussed factors indicate that responsive web design will continue to dominate the web design industry.
2. Modular Design Will Become More Prominent
Modular (or grid-like) design is a relatively new entrant in the web design industry. Although, this approach isn’t exactly new, but it has emerged out as a trend and become more useful due to responsive design. Modular design help in displaying content in sections – that is appropriate for smaller screens. In essence, modular design helps in creating adaptable website layouts.
The website “Team Bad Company” is a perfect example of the modular design approach. The site features a responsive design, and as the size of the screen (used to view this website) changes, each section or module adapts and fit according to the space.
As an increasing number of users are making use of mobile devices than desktop systems, you can expect to see modular design gaining even more prominence as the web design trend in the distant future.
3. Focus on UI/UX Will Increase
With continuous growth in the number of mobile users, web designers not only need to pay heed to serving users’ by meeting their needs, but they must also focus on inspiring users by delivering them spellbinding experience. A good looking and user-friendly design can help in attracting the user attention during the initial phase. However, to create such a kind of design it is very important for you to understand the impression of a product – that users have on their mind.
Combining both UI and UX together can help you easily drive users’ attention towards your product. While UI (short for User Interface) is about the physical appearance of design (like color, icons, etc.), in contrary UX (short for User Experience) is about emphasizing on the overall experience that a user enjoys when accessing an application. In a nutshell, creating intuitive interfaces that deliver a positive user experience is gaining traction in today’s design world, and will continue to evolve as a trend in the coming years.
For example, Pinterest presents a number of boards featuring great UI and UX designs that you can refer for inspiration.
4. Growing Acceptance For Interactive Storytelling
Storytelling has proved an effective way to keep users engaged to a website. Furthermore, it also helps creates a connection between a brand and its users. In 2015, you can expect more artfully constructed websites. Simply put, story-based pages will gain more acceptance in the web design landscape. In fact, you can expect storytelling website design to be a lot more interactive, including HD quality images, better infographics and much more personalized content.
One great example of an interactive storytelling website is “Every Last Drop” – that talks about one of the major concerns: saving water – as you scroll the page down.
5. Responsive Interactive Infographics
Use of Infographics has become mainstream in web design. Infographics is a another great way to drive users’ attention, by providing them with plenty of information in a clear and concise manner – that makes it easy to read and understand. But, with growing use of mobile devices, it has become very important for infographics to get evolved from being just a static image. As a result of which, you can now see a new yet almost similar infographics version is getting into the mainstream, called as: webgraphics (aka Responsive Interactive Infographics).
Webgraphics seem to be just like infographics, however, it is more flexible and interactive. They are optimized for mobile devices and can adapt to any mobile device screen size and resolution.
One great example of webgraphics is “Daily Dose of Water”. It showcases how much water is consumed by users. Though this example may appear similar, like infographics, but you need flash to make it run.
There isn’t any surefire way to predict what the future of the web design industry will hold. But, in this post I’ve tried to cover some of the most talked about trends that will make their presence felt in the coming years as well.
Tyler holt is a blogger cum Magento website developer . He loves writing articles describing the importance of Magento e-commerce platform and latest development activities. he has delivered interesting write-ups on magento development tips and tricks for novice and professional.