By Larry Alton
As always, the world of Web design is moving quickly, and as always, it’s in your best interest to stay ahead of the curve. An increase in mobile technology usage, the emergence of VR systems, new features in common social apps and different user expectations in website offerings are just a handful of trends and news topics inspiring the development of these Web design crazes.
Whether you’re well-versed in their origin points or completely disinterested in the volatile shifts of the tech world, user expectations for your site are going to grow regardless. Keep watch for these major Web design trends as we move further into 2016 (and beyond), and consider updating your site to keep in line with them:
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1. THE CONFLUENCE OF DESIGN.
Despite having even more design options and greater technological flexibility, most Web designs are starting to mimic each other. Think about it in your own experience—how many times have you seen a homepage with big, bold, yet simple white text on a darkened or blurred-out background? It’s ridiculously common. Is it because people prefer to copy old ideas rather than come up with new ones? Is it because it’s simply the most effective design from a marketing perspective? The answer to both questions is probably yes. Either way, you’ll face a difficult decision to either run with the crowd in the established grooves of Web design or go it alone in some bold, new direction—each decision has its merits.
2. LONG SCROLLS.
Thanks to the ease of scrolling on mobile devices (and the difficulty of displaying lots of content at once), long scrolls have cemented their position as a necessary Web design feature. In 2016, this feature is going to become even more popular and even more important. Most sites centered on content should have an infinite scroll layout, allowing users to scroll down as far as they want rather than clicking on new pages. Even non-content oriented sites can stand to benefit from stacking as much material as possible in a single, scrolling page.
3. INCREASING MINIMALISM.
Minimalism has been a…
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