The year 2016 has just started. Web designers and developers got to take care about new trends and innovations. It’s very crucial to stay up to date and take actions accordingly. For dev and design people, following trends is a big necessity. This makes sure that the efforts you are giving will pay back. Let’s see top 5 trends designers and developers must care about in 2016.



1. Interactivity

Interactive web pages can be more lively than anything else on the screen. While you have available support from the target devices and screens, it’s a genius idea to leverage them. Put some interactive elements on web pages to feel less-like a ‘page’ and more like an app. Suppose, if you are designing a landing page for a smartphone, make it in such a way that the user can learn specific details of the phone by clicking on it’s visible parts and without loading a new page. You can include a 360 degree view, color change options and so on. (Interactivity screenshot from Blue Stag).



2. Flat Design

The flat design revolution has begun earlier. Now it’s time to take the trend to the next level of excellence. Tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Apple have already established their own flat design principles. Some of the most praised features of flat design include legible typography, warm colors, content-focused philosophy, straight-forward iconography etc. (Image: Airnauts)



3. Animation

Animations can literally bring life to a webpage. It also significantly improves the user experience. An animated object attracts visitor’s attention more quickly than other elements of the site. Menu icons, patterns, buttons and other such structural elements can be given more edge with animation. Page contents like images can be described more deeply with an animated version. We know, an image is worth of thousands of words, and this is multiplied when you use an animation instead. (Animation captured from Apple iPhone webpage).



4. Card Design

Card layout is extremely popular among mobile focused apps and sites. The main benefit of card design is its flexibility and the ability of organizing contents. Cards are used to display web contents in a clean and distinguishable manner. Visitors can easily dig inside the content they need. For mobile screens, cards are usually presented in a single column, while the same page renders a grid layout on larger screens. (Example: Pinterest)



5. Longer Scrolling

Leverage the faster web and lighter design trends. Make users load less pages to learn more information. The solution is here, longer pages. Put eye-catching, useful and interesting elements so that visitors would not lose attention while scrolling down and down. (Screenshot: Le Mugs)



As a designer, developer or a valuable visitor of ShapeBootstrap, you must have some suggestions and feelings about the future of web design. Let’s discuss here on comments!