If you’re revamping your website in 2016, you probably need to know what all goes towards building a good web design. It’s always a great idea to begin considering upcoming web design trends features as early as possible.

Any web design you decide on must be highly usable and intuitive, and it should fulfill the requirements of marketing needs as well as your audience’s needs. Your website design must meet the latest standard of design trends. Below are some of the most anticipated web design trends for 2016 that every website must adhere to:

  1. Layout

Grid-like layouts may be a thing of the past as a more artistic style moves in. Free style design with more artistic feel approaches design industry in the years to come. These new layouts are also starting to use transitions and individual section animations, making the navigation seem like it’s moving the user through a varied route almost like a slideshow. View here for reference: http://akasia-encorp.com/

  1. Enlarged Navigation

The term itself defines what it means.

  1. The hamburger menu

Now that it is becoming more imperative to have a mobile responsive website, people are getting used to seeing these and now understand how to use them. However, don’t forget who your target audience is. If it isn’t anybody under the age of 30, think twice about this one.

  1. Card Design

Card design is presenting information in easy-to-manage, bite-sized chunks. This has been seen on both e-commerce and Corporate sites, and can be a clear and easy way to get your message across. Each section can have its own aesthetic, and therefore, can suit the message you are trying to convey a lot quicker.

  1. Brilliant Backgrounds

They say a picture can paint a thousand words and online, it’s no different. Having a great image to capture the visitor’s attention can keep them interested. Also, with the advancement on bandwidth and data compression, this won’t slow your site down. One of the best examples can be: http://thewilliambray.co.uk/

  1. Sounds

With storyboards and gaming style navigation, designers want to draw the user into the website and enhance their overall experience. Adding sound effects and music helps determine an atmosphere that can help greatly when creating a theme just like here in this website. If not done correctly the unexpected sound effects may may scare users off.

  1. Cinemagraphs

Not sure about having a video or an image on your site? Have you thought about a moving image instead? This can show more than a standard image, all without needing a visitor to actually take action.

  1. Typography

I’m guessing that more care is going to be taken with choosing fonts, font sizes, and weighting in the near term. There are now so many different fonts to get your hands on and this is an easy way to make a simple design stand out. This has already started to happen in the better maintained sites but has yet to make its way to the majority of the web. It’s a small but difficult change that makes a huge impact on the perception of a site.

Just like any other field of design, web design trends come and go with the passing of time. 2015 has been an interesting year in terms of web design. The visual landscape for web designers has remained largely as it was in 2014, with only a refinement of the minimalist approach that has become popular over the past few years.

Want to compare differences between web design trends 2015 and 2016, my earlier post is here. We’re always looking to the future when it comes to web design – so take a look at what services we can offer.

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