With 2017 underway, we've been seeing a lot of trends from 2016 become even more popular. There are many techniques that are dominating the Web Design industry that are very noteworthy. Today we'll be going over the top techniques you should practice if you're looking to improve your skill set.
2016 websites finally started to shy away from symmetrical websites. It's a very good thing that happened, it gives websites more depth, and a more unique feel. In 2017, this practice is much more popular, and a large portion of sites use this technique. The main theme for asymmetrical websites is the fact that they're not perfectly balanced on the right and left sides.
Another trend that can be noticed is the diversity in typefaces across websites. Recently, the internet was dominated with fonts such as Helvetica, Lato, Sans, or Roboto. Now, more decorative and custom fonts are used. A lot of sites have created their own fonts to fit their style. Something as simple as the font can drastically improve your sites uniqueness and depth. Some texts are animated, broken into individual letters, have a variety of effects, and have images or videos placed on them.
3. Darker Tones
Something as simple as the color of websites has changed. Designers have realized that white is harsher on the eyes than darker toned websites. It's looking like this trend will grow very popular this year. The black and grey color scheme creates a slightly gloomy atmosphere and people seem to enjoy it.
4. More Responsive Design
Responsive Design continues to dominate the web because it's the most effective way to achieve great UX on all platforms. CSS queries offer flexibility and allow sites to adjust according to the different device sizes. In 2016, Google changed its ranking system to prioritize responsive sites. This means that responsive sites will be much higher ranked than static sites.
Minimalism is becoming drastically more predominant in 2017. Rather than being greeted by a homepage, users are now seeing a "card". Basically, it's just a minimal overview of the site, rather than blocks of text. It's a much more pleasing first impression. A great example of this is Netflix. People want uncluttered, visually explanatory designs that are also simplistic.
Cinemographs are high quality videos or GIFs that run smoothly on a continuous loop. Usually these are used as the background for landing pages. They're a great way to instantly grab an audience's attention and keep them on your page. One thing to watch out for though is making sure that while designing, you don't overuse these, and make sure that the color of the text on top of it (if you place text over the video or GIF) fits together.
7. Modular Design
Modular design is a design approach where everything is built using a block grid pattern. Each element of the design fits into modules in a rectangular pattern. This is a trend that started a while ago, but has drastically increased in popularity in the recent years, and has stuck around in 2017. It's a nice way to give your website a sleek and simple look.
Logos and other images can resize very poorly. If this happens to you frequently, you should try SVGs. SVGs are meant to work with vector graphics, so you don't have the freedom to use them with any photo. For logos, however, they're perfect. This trend has become huge with sites that use vector photos or logos, they're much more responsive and useful.
Flexboxes are CSS3 layout mode that makes working with pages much more efficient and predictable. Flexbox has been slowly gaining popularity and interest, and now that it's supported by all modern browsers, it's highly likely that many more front-end developers will be using it. This method takes a large portion of the time out of getting things where they need to be.
10. Micro interactions
Micro interactions are specific moments when users are interacting with your site or app. These moments can be anything from liking a post, filling in a form or sending a message. These micro interactions provide guidance and feedback to the user, improving the UX. These interactions have become increasingly popular recently, and the ways that guidance and feedback is provided to users is getting more and more creative.
As you can see, the trends are still fairly like the recent years. The good news is, as technology and power behind the browsers increases, the power of websites increase as well. All the existing trends can be used more creatively, and lead to some beautiful websites. I'm sure we'll see more and more creative trends for the rest of 2017, and together we can look forward to seeing what amazing trends 2018 has in store for us.