Top 5 Web Design Trends (And Ways to Prototype Them)

With the rapid evolution of technology, we see a drastic change in Web Designs. Everything is digital, and the best websites of today are the ones that have the ability to impress visitors and make them stay on the page for long. If you are looking for inspiring design ideas to create your new website, here are the top five website design trends for the next 12 months (at least).

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1. Material design

If you haven’t explored much on material design, take a look at 10 awesome examples of the type.

Checking out these sites is a great way to understand how the visual concepts blend and how they are impressive to the visitor’s eyes. One popular example is Google’s floating action button which animates when a user is entering into a web page or an app. The effects easily dominate over text content and appeal to the audience, even if they do not have a taste for catchy web designs.untitled

How to make a material design prototype

 If you wish to create a floating action button, check out tools like Marvel and Pixate. And if you are looking to do it from scratch, then Justinmind would be a great choice.

An Ellipse UI can help you create rounded floating buttons, change the shadow, color and adjust the padding. Also, you can include text in the icon by clicking on the ‘plus’ symbol on it.

Talking about using behavior in the icon, it’s important to note that the most vital components in your page must be represented by the floating action button. To make it more interactive, put a navigation or trigger event to the button. This will show eye-catchy animation when your visitors tap on the button.

To learn more about using a navigation event, please take a look at Google’s requirements too.

 

2. Flat design

Websites that use flat design ignore the skeuomorphism of material designs and instead focus on digital visuals that are bolstered by beautiful colors and elements with sharp edges, which is why it’s called flat design. This type of design is particularly ideal for minimalistic websites.

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How to make a flat design prototype

The visual foundation needs more emphasis when it comes to creating flat website designs. Your focus should be on UI elements that give room to more space, bold colors, and 2D edges. The right placement of elements and white spaces are other important factors that need more attention. Ensure that you go for sharp edges with bright fonts and contrasting borders to enhance the visual appeal of your web pages.

SVG UI elements are a better choice as they will make background color editing, scaling, and space fitting much easier when viewed on different screens.

Check out Sketch and UX Pin’s E-book to start with.

 

3. Card layouts

Pinterest is one of the best examples of card layout designs. Even Google, Spotify, and Facebook have this on their sites. Let’s see what makes it an ideal choice for the top guns.

Card layouts are used to display an array of elements in the same page to let users view them all in one glance. They look like a pack of cards that is spread across a web page but neatly arranged in rows and columns. They made content easy to view and digest and help improve social shares of the web page.

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How to make a card layout prototype

You can use Justinmind to create a neat card design with standard panels and widgets. Using responsive styles and creating a grid for your cards will help ensure that your web page will automatically adjust to any screen size viewed on any device. One easy way to avoid multiple reworks is to go for card design templates.

 

4. Parallax scrolling

The term refers to a technique that is widely used in website design and computer graphics in which background images are made to slide slower than the ones at the front. The goal of the design is to create a 2D illusion to the visual elements as the users scroll through the page. To get a better idea, take a couple of minutes to view some classic examples of parallax scrolling websites.

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How to make a parallax scrolling prototype

It’s possible to make a parallax scrolling prototype by using tools such as Adobe Muse and Axure.

It’s worth remembering that when going for this type of website, you will have to create your website user interface and then focus on adding the effects using appropriate tools. After you’ve chosen the background images and foreground images, you can start adding the visual elements inside a container and then apply parallax effects to make them work.

For the sake of improved effects, consider throwing pinned elements, introducing menu icons, sticky elements and adjust the scrolling speed as per the capacity of your website. However, keep in mind that parallax scrolling sites are ten times slower than the regular websites because of the visual junk. However, if you value eye-catching designs and believe that your potential buyers would wait for up to 6 seconds for a page to load, then you could go ahead with this type of a design for your website.

 

5. Illustration

This could be surprising for some of you, but illustrative websites have gained more popularity in 2016. They include custom verticals, illustrated backgrounds, sketched fonts, 3D illustrations besides many others. The biggest advantage of going for illustrative websites is that they allow you to showcase your creative skills better than the traditional design methods. As the term applies, illustration means showing your imaginations visually, so choosing an illustrative website could be a great way to strengthen the voice of your brand messages while reinforcing uniqueness.

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How to make an illustration prototype

 It’s possible for a skilled web designer to create an illustration prototype using tools such as Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator. One of the biggest plus points of illustration for website design is that it allows the designer to turn boring static images into interactive ones and add to the visual strength of the web page itself.

Designers who wish to go for advanced illustrations can go for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). It’s a popular format for 2D images and an ideal choice for websites that rely more on animation and engagement to entice their audience, and make them stay for long.

CONCLUSION

As we enter into 2017, we can only expect to see more websites coming out of the above-mentioned designs. It’s good for the web design world as well as the business world.

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