“Trending” seems to be one of the catch-phrases of this Information Age, and the world of web design is no exception. Whether a website is small or huge, it’s important to know the hottest methods and tools for creating awesome, hip websites. Not knowing the trending methods can cause your website to look old-fashioned or run-of-the-mill.
Here are some of the hottest web design methods for 2015:
Micro-interactions are likely to become an “in thing” in 2015. This boosts a website visitor’s emotional involvement and will thus increase the amount of time he or she spends on your site.
Now that more users are aware of how third parties can intercept data on the Net, the importance of privacy when transmitting data over the Internet is more important than ever. Consumers need to feel confident that when they conduct business online or send personal information, that their transactions are as secure as possible. The good news is that there’s plenty of room for improvement in this area, so it’s likely that we can expect to see new and exciting methods for securing websites in 2015.
3. Web components/adaptive development
This could become a new method of web development in 2015. ‘Adaptive’ refers to making choices on the server about mark-ups. They’ll be sent to a user, typically based on the device that he or she is using. The combination of adaptive development with web components has the possibility of creating extremely creative solutions for for logo designers and web developers.
4. Ginormous background images and videos
There are background images, and then there are background images. Many experts predict that background images will be (literally) huge in 2015. They’ll be used with rich typography and less obvious parallax effects. The main reason this trend exists is due to the lead of giant tech brands, such as Google Nexus and Apple. It’s important to note that larger-than-life background images and videos shouldn’t just be used for the sake of doing as such. It’s important to add them in order to create a powerful yet stylish website that will ultimately attract more visitors.
This is arguably one of the most interesting trends. Basically, new trends such as flat and responsible design are fairly new. So it will take time for the next-big-thing to emerge. Enter iteration. Except to see improvements in areas such as typography, browsers, and web layouts. Basically while the wheel won’t be reinvented in 2015, it will be improved.
6. Scrolling over Clicking
The mobile web continues to expand, and web design continues to move towards the direction of a more fun and efficient experience for mobile users. For this reason scrolling will definitely continue its dominance over clicking. There are tons of benefits. It’s easier to do, creates better interaction between a website and users, reduces load times, it’s more “natural.” In particular, scrolling sites that are of the single-page variety became hot in 2014, and are likely to continue to trend in 2015. The potential for incorporating scrolling into web design is huge, as the vast majority of sites still aren’t scroll-friendly.
7. Open data
Ironically, many digital spaces on the Net remain quite closed. This creates a situation in which open data could be a huge trend in 2015. This will be in terms of both publishing and consumption. It’s likely that both the private and public sector will make data and content available to the public. In terms of the specifics related to open data, some applications include semantic web standards and tools, open data use and reuse, and so on. As a result, we can expect some fascinating services being available on the web.