2016 Design Trends That I Almost Exactly Know What Might Happen

Improvements in Responsiveness

With more and more different resolutions of screens being created, we all have to account for that in our designs which makes things a bit more convoluted. However there are solutions to check for these pesky resolutions such as Google Chrome’s new responsive inspect feature and other sites such as ScreenFly.

Power to the User

This is a trend that has been going on that allows users to be able to customize the elements on the website to their liking, such as showing or hiding information more easily using drag & drop, accordions, sliders and much more. This will knock out irrelevancy and could lead the user directly to the call to action/message your site wants to lead them to. However this type of information distribution is not recommended for older audiences around 55+

Scrolling Animations with CSS & SVG

Quirky and imaginative animations have been becoming more and more prominent in higher end websites and continue to wow audiences. The best way to do so is by combining SVGs (scalable vector graphics, XML-based vector image format for 2D imagery) with CSS. SVGs are most popularly created with these programs.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Inkscape
  • Sketch

Also since they are vectors, they must be precise so they are able to scale on any device.

New Forms of Navigation

I am expecting/hoping that there will be new concepts of ways to portray a navigation. There has been a lot of experimentation with navigations in 2015 in an attempt to lead the user directly towards what they are looking for and I believe in 2016 there is a very good chance that we will see something new and unconventional.

More Beautiful Fonts from Google are Coming

I am expecting a new line of web fonts to be released. I don’t know for sure but there is something in the air that tells me I can smell it.

Newer Types of “Font” Icons

Font awesome has been very dear to me over the past couple of years in providing an easy way to implement them in my designs by using fonts. Google has already come out with their own font icon set just not too long ago (Google Material Icons) and it is very useful! However, I find myself needing more of these as I’m sure everyone else does as well.

Death of Stock Photos

As professional design goes on, stock photos are becoming a thing of the past. Most companies need to now provide personality so that they can connect to their target audience. This can be done by hiring a professional photographer or videographer and it greatly increases the look and feel of a site’s design. I hope to one day to never see stock photos again, PLUS they charge a buttload for these things! For free design resources, check out my site Free Web Design Resources! There are tons of places to find free stuff, ya just gotta keep your eyes peeled.

This Years Advice

  1. Responsive design is growing very quickly and it’s something that we need to be on top of.
  2. Don’t be afraid to step outside the creative norm for web design (disregard when developers say they can and can’t do. Just tell them to believe.)
  3. Help out the user as much as possible
  4. Check your responsiveness
  5. Double check your responsiveness
  6. Go outside and smell the air
Ryan Ulrich
Ryan Ulrich
Ryan Ulrich is Atilus’ Designer. He specializes in the UI/UX Design included in Atilus’ services and stays current with the most popular trends in his area of expertise. He makes sure that Atilus’ designs are at a top notch quality to deliver results to Atilus’ clients.

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