Web Design Trends in 2016

office-605503_1920Each year we see a different pattern when it comes to what’s popular in the field of web design. All the major players in a given online industry must follow the trends to stay on top with what customers, search engines and other users like. Let’s take a look at the following trends.

Flat design has been trendy for a long time. In 2016, many web designers still opt for this look. So why is it so popular? This design often contains three ingredients: minimalism, material design and responsiveness. It’s the perfect blend and balance of everything, when done right. Flat design, with simple colours, graphics and geometric shapes, provides a clear and fresh look to a website, which is very desirable. It is straightforward and delivers the message without too much complication. The flat design was also mentioned on Behance, stating that more and more people are starting to embrace minimalism.

Next up is the responsive design element, which flat design lends itself well to. Regardless, it can count as a trend since everyone should be taking action on this in 2016. So much traffic comes from mobile devices that it’s no longer an option to ignore it for the vast majority of web designers. Setting up a truly responsive website, which automatically adapts to any size screen, can be a bit tricky, but it’s worth investing in as soon as you can. Logic dictates that responsive design will only apply to more and more aspects of our digital world in the future.

Another design trend that was first launched by Google is called Material Design. The design scheme is supposed to give a richer and more realistic look compare to a completely flat layout, although it is similar in essence. The difference is, the look has more edge as it’s designed with more depth and shadow to give off a modern look.

2 thoughts on “Web Design Trends in 2016

  • October 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Hey, Katherine.I want to be UI/UX Designer.. Is it a trend or not? maybe,
    it makes sense to be a flat designer?

    • October 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I honestly don’t think UI/UX is a trend at all! Without users, your website is useless so making sure you provide the best user experience possible is crucial. Also, with Google placing so much importance on having responsive, mobile friendly sites, it’s now more important than ever to focus on this.

      I think UI/UX Designer is an excellent career choice that will offer plenty of development opportunities in the future.



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