5 New Web Design Trends in 2016

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Web design is changing rapidly in 2016 with many new trends on the rise. The introduction of HTML5 has opened a number of new doors for designers who now have more options than ever before. Here are some of the major web design trends you can expect to see in 2016.

Designers are Using Less Text, More Images
Although blogging is not going to disappear anytime soon, the web seems to be less heavy on text now than it has been in previous years. Firms are placing less emphasis on providing heavy content loads and more focus on providing a rich and attractive user experience. While text will always have its place, expect to see more intuitive image-based pages and navigation.

Focus on Mobile Users Will Continue to Increase
Mobile users comprise the fastest growing demographic of consumers. Up to 40% of purchases online are now being conducted through tablets or mobile devices and it's becoming more important to service this group of users that are starting to do more than ever on smart phones. Expect designers this year to focus even more on providing value and functionality for mobile users.

Flat Navigation Trend Will Continue Following Windows 8
New operating systems often set a tone or standard for web design. When a big new operating system like Windows 10 comes out, it makes many people familiar with a certain layout or navigational method. In this case, the flat navigation used by Windows 10 and iOS7 is encouraging designers to create flat user interfaces without the drop shadows and gradients that were popular after Windows Vista.

Cards and Tiles will become More Common
Pinterest might be the best example of a Card navigation site that offers an intuitive GUI and simple navigation for users. Websites are increasingly using tiles because they provide users with lots of information on what to expect before clicking on a link. Cards can also be created, and aggregated by users according to their location and preferences. This trend represents the general restructuring of the Internet from a place where individuals create pages that link together to one where users have the power to aggregate specific content they're interested in into one experience on one platform. Cards also improve user experience for mobile users because their geometric shape allows plenty of flexibility for showing cards on screens of varying sizes.

Large Hero Areas may be The Number One Trend of 2016
Large hero areas are becoming extremely common on new web pages. The hero area, right at the top of the main page of the site, is the first thing users see when they get to the page. Having a large image here with a logo, e-mail intake or other call to action is the new best thing in web design. Websites featuring the large hero area are also ditching sidebars and using the full width of the screen to create a more immersive experience and accommodate mobile users.
These exciting trends all began in 2013 and you can expect to see them grow even bigger in 2016. Make sure you stay up to date on these trends when coming up with your next website design. That way, you'll be able to look trendy and give your users a great experience.
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