It is high time to start a ‘new’ way of thinking. New way. New trends. New design.
What can we be waiting for? What fresh features can we see in 2017? What will define this very year regarding Web-Design? Here are some pieces of information for you to catch the movement.
Neutral Colors & Natural Hues
Color choice for any Web page is extremely important. Every color influences users’ consciousness and emotions differently. Pantone picked Greenery as the color of the year, so this color is likely to be the most used in Web Design. I don’t really expect every page to be green, but more natural or neutral palettes, hues like greens, browns and blues still will be preferable. Greys tones are also immensely powerful this season.
Dark & Light Aesthetics
This year dark backgrounds are catching on. Dark websites with a little monotone color palette, however, with some bright accents to gain the attention of users. In addition, such contrasted interfaces looks more daintily. This is a great way to draw the eye and encourage a user’s interaction.
Geometric accents – circles, squares, triangles, rhombs – will win the year. The geometric patterns make the content easier to read or navigate. The main dodge to make this trend work is simplicity. Don’t try to use everything on the same page.
Pithiness & Minimalism
Well, I need better to say that minimalism is not really a new trend, but rather an old one. Any new idea is a well forgotten old one, right? Minimalism provides us both with aesthetics and usability, and these benefits remain the same since last year. Moreover, it’s the best trend for mobile devices. The absence of some elements allows the site to load faster, which is an important issue for mobile users. Plus, the fewer elements there are, the better the page looks on a small screen.
Imitation of drawings made by hand was rather popular in Web Design a while back, and today handwritten fonts, logos, icons, buttons and other elements is drawing attention of Web Designers again. Such popularity is due to a fact it brings a fresh breeze and cute unique touch to websites.
It started with Material Design and the development of more tactile planes. This interface trend is expanding to the visuals as well.
Designers are focusing on implementing plenty of elements that feel like the user can reach out and touch them. The images are more natural as well, featuring elements that are made from materials, found in nature and crafted into usable objects.
Emphasis on the Microinteractions
Frankly speaking, this is not actually a new trend, but in 2017 we will be more likely to see it. All roads lead to human-oriented design, where everything runs around the user. Microinteractions actually create a feeling of comfort for the user.
For example, the button changes its color with a cute animation that means it’s clickable. Or a situation when you add the goods to a bag, it responds with some nice animation. In addition, the user will be pleased, as he is receiving feedback that the operation was successful.
Cinemagraphs are still images with some live elements that are constantly moving. It’s some kind of GIF files or video. A well done cinemagraph can be visually stunning. They have recently won the Internet, and we need to notice this rightly so.
2016 has become the year of VR. And during 2017, it seems to stand its ground. I expect that designers are likely to think of unexpected ways to incorporate VR into websites during this year. Hopefully, we have no rules yet for exactly how this should look. VR designs vary from realistic displays to completely animated fantasies.
2017 is sure to see some great web pages, and these sure-hot trends will most definitely be seen on some of the best website designs yet to come.