Web Design Trends We Are Likely to Witness in 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

web design trends 2016

The number of smart device users (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.) continues to increase. Consequently web usage, one of the primary functions of smart devices continues to increase rapidly. Websites continue to come up with new and creative ways to be more appealing in terms of design to attract and maintain traffic. Below are web design trends that have been a hit and continue to show potential in 2016.


Optimization for smart devices

A perfect example of web design fuelled by development is mobile optimization. The increase in the number of smartphone and tablet users has made it necessary for web designers to optimize sites for phones. Google has put more emphasis by ensuring that such optimized sites are ranked better by search engines.


Simple color schemes and blurred backgrounds

A trend has ensued where designers focus on use of staple colors in simple but captivating patterns that are pleasing to the eye. The trend of call to action buttons quietly nesting in blurred backgrounds also continues to increase in magnitude.


Card layouts

Made popular by the rise of pinterest, card layouts have become a hot trend for web design. Content heavy sites particularly find it a good option to pack in as much information as possible on a page. Google now is a good example of a site using card layout.


Focus on user experience

User experience is all the rage now. Websites are after giving the user a wholesome experience. This has resulted in a movement focusing on user experience in web design. This is a trend that will probably hang around for a while.



User interface animations

CSS3 transitions began an animation trend that is refusing to die down. Numerous animation specific java script libraries now exist with many more coming up. Animation is not outright necessarily for a great design; however, if utilized properly, it can spruce up a design and take it from great to awesome.


Online tools

The things that one can accomplish online for free are mind boggling. From different calculations to accessing design tools and creating resumes, it is clear that there is no limit to the number of things we can do with online tools. The possibilities are numerous and they continue to increase. Webapps make this possible to a great extent and most software that needed to be run on a desktop can now be accessed online. Microsoft office for instance has been included in Google drive; for free!


Task runners that are automated

Tasks that used to need manual labor are being handled by task runners that are automated such as Gulp. It is simply a case of making work easier and making it able to produce top notch code without human errors. For this reason, this is a trend that is likely to continue beyond 2016.


Social buttons

This is a trend that has been around for a while now. With the rise of social media, web design had to shift to include social buttons on their pages. More and more existing and upcoming sites continue to include social buttons.


Customer explainer videos

Instagram direct for instance uses a real-life customer explainer video. It is a trend that has been a hit. Many companies both big and small have taken a liking to using customer explainer videos to explain how a service or a product functions as it is more effective.

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