2016 has been a jam packed year with many ups and downs, we had Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and the loss of Carrie Fisher from Star Wars. However, since it is only a couple of days until we spring into 2017. Here are seven of the top web design trends I expect to see in the next year.
1. Greater emphasis on UX frameworks
User experience plays a huge part in how we use the web on a day to day basis. This experience needs to seamlessly transfer across devices, be it a laptop or a smartphone. With smartphones pretty much reaching parity with desktops for page views, the checkout experience needs to be just as polished as its desktop counterpart.
2. Rise of Material Design
One of the biggest web design trends of 2016 was flat design. I expect this trend to continue into 2017, albeit with a twist. Design guidelines such as Google’s Material Design will become mainstay. In my own opinion, having a consistent design ethos across our sites is a great way of giving visitors a good experience.
3. SVG Animations
As smartphones and other mobile devices become more capable thanks to faster and more efficient CPUs, designers will have more options when it comes to animations. It will be possible to make animations more complex and more elegant.
An advantage of SVG is that it doesn’t make any HTTP requests, this results in faster rendering times – a factor most important on mobiles.
4. Flex will show some muscle
Flex has been around for awhile now, however, it hasn’t as of yet fully taken off. This has mostly been because of cross browser compatibility, rather than lack of interest. In 2017 I would expect this to change, since flex makes it so much nicer and easier for designers to create simple and lightweight grid systems in CSS.
For those new to flex it may take a little while to get used to, but I can assure you that you’ll love it once you get to know it. You’ll soon be wondering why you ever used anything else.
Yet to try flex? Here’s a great tutorial.
5. Greater accessibility
Responsive design is great for cross device compatibility. However, its purpose serves the device and not the consumer. In 2017 I think we will see a shift towards accessibility becoming a greater factor of design. An example of this could be providing a solution to those hard of sight. Such solutions may include greater emphasis on contrast and typography.
6. Accelerated Mobile Pages
As much as this may not be a trend for 2017, since AMP was already around in 2016, AMP will continue its rapid adoption. We may even see other non-article based pages start using it. Such a technology may prove useful for speeding up mobile browsing on commerce sites.
If you’re unfamiliar with AMP you’ve probably already come across it when looking at the news on your phone. AMP strips out all of the bulk and leaves behind a functional yet lightning fast version of the same page. This yields faster page loads and lower data costs.
7. Bigger, bolder typography
2017 will see the return of bigger, bolder typography. Websites will make a greater effort to incorporate typography within the overall design.
I hope you enjoyed reading my list as much as I enjoyed writing it. What are your favourite web design trend predictions for 2017?