Website Design Trends Of 2017

As is the norm usually, last year much was predicted to change in web design trends come 2017. The predictions were either to improve the web or to keep it. In this article, we shall examine the top web design trends, the retired design trends as well as the design patterns that are still trending from last year.

Web Accessibility is key

Whenever we talk of accessibility, the marginalized groups of people; the blind, deaf, and what have you, come to mind. Previously, no much attention was accorded to these categories of people. However, this is no more! Current design are to put such groups first.

A new thinking came into play and you can tell it is plainly justifiable: someone could have been born without any impairment but underwent an eye surgery; some road worker who can no longer hear or see properly anymore because of work hazards; how about a policeman using a phone with one hand while holding a gun with the other, and so many others – so we can now think of natural and artificial inabilities and thus the need to consider accessibility as a critical point of focus. Thus inclusive design is going to be and remain key to design trends.

Non Boxed headers

Previously, web design took a shape of a rectangle, that is to say, it was easy to observe different sections of the website (header section, content section, footer section) as regular boxes/rectangles. This is giving way to new designs of irregular but nice patterns. Usually once a bull in an industry takes design trends, the cats and dogs tend to follow. Outlook being of the elephants, chances are that other small websites are going to copy its new design

In the same line, take a look at Stripe’s (one of the world’s payment gateways) new look

Use of Gradients

In the past, to achieve certain complex designs one had to rely on background images. Problem with images is that they consume a lot of bandwidth and also affect page load time. With Google’s SEO algorithms using page speed as ranking factor, designers have to limit use of such images. This is where gradients come into action

With gradients, one can easily achieve the above design, just by applying CSS3 rules. Because gradients are a function of the browser, their use is limited in lower versions of browsers but the good news is that most of the newer versions of browsers support gradients. Where they are not fully supported, at least hacks do exist to achieve the needed look

Desktop now uses Mobile Navigation

This sounds strange but from observation, it seems this is going to be a new trend. Like I said before, when the web giants set pace, the small ones tend to follow suit. Recently when you look at Smashing Magazine’s new design, you can believe me that mobile navigation is now moving to desktop as well. In the new design, menus have moved to the left.

When you look at the redesigned Linkedin’s website, you can easily conclude that this trend is likely to take the internet by surprise. Not yet convinced? Take a look at the redesign of geek wear company Jinx’s website.

Well those are some of the observable trends in 2017 that caught my attention. There could be many more I have not hinted about here but as far as trend is concerned, those are the ones that one can easily miss, yet so important. Now I will hint on some that were started in 2016 or some years back but are still trending

Responsive Design is here to stay

With mobile first, there is need to improve the lives of web designer – to have a way of creating websites without writing so many lines of weird words (code). May efforts were put in place a few years ago and many are still coming. With the advent of grid systems, such as those provided by Twitter Bootstrap, CSS grid, etc. life is easy. To be a great User Experience (UX) designer you need to understand the difficulty of implementing our designs. With grid systems, you don’t start from scratch.

Parallax effects

 Parallax effects involve the background moving at a slower rate to the foreground. This kind of creates a 3D that creates an appetizing look for your eye. The other advantage is that almost all the website content is loaded at once and each click simply takes you to a specific section, how nice! Today most of the themes are implementing this kind of design. Take a look at WordPress’s themes such as Ronneby. Even Colorib has amazing themes that implement this effect.

There are many other design trends that have stayed but because they are self-explanatory, I will not discuss them in so much detail. These include strong typography, animations, large image backgrounds. Yes image backgrounds are here to stay. These sounds like a contradiction from my earlier paragraphs, however, let’s accept it – gradients alone cannot solve all design decisions. What will continue to be researched is how to improve the load time of image backgrounds. Google is already leading this effort, though mainly in the mobile direction.

That is it for today; wait for the upcoming article on why recent designs are ignoring the five primary principles of design.

Source: Las Vegas Web Design Company