Website Design Tips 2016
We are just over half way through the year and have already started to see some major web design trends emerging on new websites. Like fashion, it is important to follow these trends if you want to look hip (hip?)(fashion metaphor…look I don’t i’m a web designer).
Though it’s not imperative to follow these designs (UX and UI are much more important and shouldn’t be sacrificed for a new trend) it is still worth bearing these in mind.
So we have put together a list of 3 trends that you should consider when developing a new website.
Hamburger menus are pretty much the norm on mobile devices. With everyone on their mobile these days people are used to navigating using this form and it is starting to appear on full versions of websites. This is called Power In Patterns.
A hamburger menu (called so because of it’s three lines) hides menu items and expands when clicked. This is a great way of streamlining your site and giving more options.
Be careful though, this will not work for every site. Hiding major menu items could make people become frustrated with your website.
If people can’t find what they are looking for they may just leave. I wouldn’t recommend using a hamburger menu on an ecommerce site. Just keep the search function and categories in the main menu. It can be argued that the hamburger menu is a bad thing. See This article however it has been adapted on a wide scale so is there for a 2016 trend.
Here are some examples of hamburger menus on popular websites (apologies for the disturbing images of Donald Trump).
2. Animated Look
One of the hottest new trends in web design for 2016 is the Animated Cartoony Website. These brilliant looking websites are great at adding personality to your company. Not only do they create a brand for you they also strike the viewer as soon as they see the site.
It helps to distance your site from the competition, give your brand a unique feel in an attractive and powerful way.
This isn’t the be all and end all of website design and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this style for say a bank or a council but it can help your brand really stand out if you are say an arts and crafts site or a less formal business.
Here are some great examples of animated sites that not only give your website personality but really make it feel fun and interactive.
3. Minimalist Design
Our final tip is a ideology that you should carry across when designing all websites.
KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Companies like Apple and Sony spend hundreds of thousands on market research and testing on their websites so it’s probably best to follow their lead.
As you can see the websites are very simple, they aren’t clogged up, you get their products as soon as you log on.
I would highly recommend all websites adopting this format as it really streamlines your website and isn’t an attack on the senses.
So that is our list for our top 3 web design trends for 2016. These tips and trick really help out on the user interface and user experience side of your site and will make your brand come across as professional and established.
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