There’s something refreshing about a well-designed website — especially if they incorporate some of the industry’s latest design trends.
Long-gone are the days of beveled text (*gags*), rainbow color schemes (unless it’s a double rainbow), and corny windows 95 looking clip art (why….just why?).
That’s exactly why I try to frequently identify the latest design trends and frequently share the ones I love. So if you’re unsure about what is gaining popularity in the area of web design, or just want to compare your favorites to mine, check ‘em out!
1. Hero Images
Whether you’re building a website for a major corporation or for a small ecommerce boutique, hero images are one of the fastest ways to grab a visitor’s attention. It can also really help to illustrate a story or brand message you want your users to receive. Thanks to the many HD stock photo resources available today, you can easily find hero images to help you connect to your website’s audience.
2. Hover Animation
Hover effects are great for highlighting the active elements on your websites like buttons, images, and navigation. It’s also good for accessibility as it gives your users instant feedback and helps them know where to click.
These effects are extremely popular as of late, especially paired with flat design.
Hover effect faux pas: Try to keep groups of hover effect elements spaced out on your website, as too many of them placed close together can sometimes look pretty lame.
3. Card Layouts
The card based layout was made popular by image sharing site Pinterest. This handy design trend can prove useful when organizing bite-sized teasers of content on your website. According to UX Content Strategist Jerry Cao, the best approach to understanding cards is to think of each as a singular thought. Even though they contain different images, texts, buttons, links, and other interface elements, every individual card suggests only one.
4. Material Design
Material Design is a design language developed by Google in 2014, codenamed Quantum Paper. It involves the use of transitions, padding, responsive animations and depth effects. The end results are web pages that appear to be more realistic to the user.
Typography can be described as the arrangement of type in design. It revolves around your choices of fonts, and how they work with your layout, element positioning, color scheme, and more. When it comes to your typography there are a number of set rules that must be observed to make sure you are styling your text effectively. This blog post at The Creative Blog goes over each one of these rules and gives examples.
Keeping up with the latest design trends can really help you know what it is popular and in style on the web, and can help you keep your portfolio looking fresh. There are new emerging trends every day. What are some of your favorite design trends? Leave your answer in the comments below.
Resources and Inspirations:
Graphic And Web Design Trends 2016 – What Are Top 7 To Look Out For? – 1stWebDesigner
9 Web Design Trends To Watch In 2016 – Carine Alexis
Typography rules and terms that every designer must know – Creative Blog