Happy 2017! Each year we like to take some time to figure out the upcoming trends in web design. Not only does it give us a chance to research all the cool things other folks are doing, but it also gives us the opportunity to look through our own work and see what sort of patterns are emerging. We did a lot of cool work in 2016, but we want to stay ahead of the curve and make sure our work is always using the most modern and effective tactics.
Here’s what we anticipate seeing a lot of in 2017:
Forget the grid
At least in the traditional, 12-column, fixed width sense. Think lots of layered elements, text or navigation placed vertically along the side, or floated images and text compositions that truly make use of desktop space. We’ve been seeing elements “break the grid” on a lot of sites the last couple years – especially on agency or other creative industry sites, but I think we’ll start to see this creep more into corporate websites this year.
Multi-faceted Feature Areas
Long gone are the days where an image slider came standard at the top of every website homepage. It seems that people have finally started to realize carousels on the homepage don’t keep user attention, and are finally moving away from them. In the wake of that, we should start to see more unique ways to layout multiple sets of content at the top of the homepage – whether it’s partially hiding content cards, or a grid layout.