Being that I am a newbie when it comes to web design, I have done some reading to see what is going on in the [very] vast world of web design. Some of the things that always seem to be discussed concerning graphic design are what the “trends” for the current and upcoming year are. Web design is certainly not an exception — people in the industry are always anticipating what could be happening next!
The following list are some of the things that I am excited about:
- Layouts that let content shine: it is amazing how much technology and web design have changed, even just over the past couple of years. A shift recently has occurred; causing the focus to not be just having a “pretty” website for consumers to look at, but a website that goes back to what the actual function of a website is: to consume the information that the website communicates. The result has become a more minimalist approach to the design (which I rather like), and this allows for the information to really take center stage.
- Big and Bold type: along with the concept of letting the content take the spotlight, another concept that is being utilized is using large fonts to communicate the information the website holds. This is another simple concept but I like that it truly makes a bold statement about what the goal of the website is when the visitor goes to the landing page.
- More of Bright colors: continuing with the concept of simple design, another trend that we could see more of this year is the use of bright color more often. Bright colors certainly make a statement, and that is a step that the client should want to take, should this be utilized. Going even further into this concept; people seem to be losing their minds over the observation that some websites observed are not only utilizing bright colors, they are using lots of gradients to show different shades of bright colors. Now, I like a good gradient as much as the next guy, but I think that they must be used with discretion. I think that gradients are like a good spice: just the perfect amount and you’re golden, but use too much and you’ve ruined the dish.
- Unique layouts: another way that web designers see to be finding creative ways to present information to readers is with unique layouts! Specifically, this is happening with broken grids. Some ways that designers are utilizing this concept in their designs are through overlapping typographic and graphic elements and [seeming[ to randomly combine text and images. I really love seeing these things because it breaks the website up visually, and it is aesthetically pleasing because it produces a bit of a surprise for the viewer, but not too much to where it makes the material difficult to read.
These are just some of the things that people are talking about to look out for in web design for 2017. Of course, these are all just speculation and only time will tell exactly what the popular web design things end up being for this year!