If you are a company that takes its websites seriously, the key to remain ahead is to look forward. Look forward at the new web technology trends that will define the web designing/development horizon.
So what are the new web tech trends that will define things in the coming year that you should prepare even before they are here? I would like to shed light on the new trends that are taking shape!
You visited a site and noticed that a picture just moved. You thought that it was just something that you felt. But these are actually cinemagraphs and similar to photography and videos they can enhance the desired mood of your site. they also add an extra layer of beauty and wonder.
The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about losing your bandwidth, as is the case with videos. More website design are embracing this tech and it will be seen on sites in 2016.
2. Rich Animations for Story Telling
We used to shun Flash and animations on our websites. They were heavy and search engines couldn’t read them. They could also annoy our visitors.
That is no longer the case. Websites are increasingly using animations for storytelling to make the user experience more entertaining and interactive – and people are liking them.
There are two groups of animations, as described here. But be careful not to put them just anywhere. They should contribute to the story telling elements:
- Small Scale Animations – They consist of hover tools, spinners and loading bars. They are mostly ‘non-interactive’ as they don’t need user input.
- Large Scale Animations – with effects including popups and parallax scrolling, these animations are highly interactive. In fact, they are the main interaction tool and make a major impact on users.
There are different types of animations that will be used in 2016:
- Motion animations
- Hover animations
- Loading animations
- Background animations
3. Lazy Loading
If you have a website that feeds content regularly, Lazy Loading will help in viewing site content instantly without the need to allow the entire page to load. I think you must have got a pretty good idea as to what this web technology means.
This tech is beneficial for those sites which are highly visual. You don’t have to keep your visitors waiting until the entire content is loaded. This saves their time and reduces the chances of them leaving your site.
4. More Design Languages
We will be seeing more design languages in 2016 that will use colors, typography, animation and shadows in 3D and 2D forms. Google Material Design was a big intro in 2014 – it was an elaborate design language and is still widely used in websites and mobile apps. Even Microsoft introduced the Flat-Metro language in Windows 8. Both these languages used colors, typography and shadows across all their elements depending on the user experience.
5. Page Height Will Decrease
We all love vertical scrolling and minimal clicking. But will it remain so in the near future. It has started to feel an increasingly stubborn experience. There is a need for change, and this will be seen in 2016 when more sites will decrease their page height. Viewing the entire site on a single page? That is not going to be the normal next year.