Dana Sullivan Kilroy is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience delivering compelling content. Her work has appeared in national, award-winning publications and sites, including: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fast Company, Inc.
It's a new year and you know what that means: new goals to set and design tweaks to plan. Today's infographic outlines 10 web design trend predictions for 2017, offers plenty of things to think about.
1. Micro-mini interactions
Micro-mini interactions are interactive animations that can make user interface more appealing. The animations can communicate state and provide feedback and even help people visualize the results of their actions.
2. Weather app development
Apparently weather apps are in high demand. Go figure. According to WP Shrug, the company that offers WordPress support and maintenance, and who made this infographic, plenty of UX designers are focusing on weather apps.
3. A mobile-first approach
This isn't exactly new, but now that more people connect to the Internet via smart phones and tablets, making mobile a priority is essential.
4. Interactive web storytelling
It might seem counterintuitive but one of the ways web designers are creating more natural interactions for users and companies, is with chat bots.
5. More responsive design
Responsive design makes websites more dynamic, allowing for its contents to adjust and even be rearranged, depending on the screen size the content is being viewed on. It's right up there with "mobile first" in terms of design priorities.
6. Hapnotic feedback
Haptic feedback is the technology, which refers to the use of sense of touch in a user interface, such as a virtual keyboard.
7. Original images and typography
Unique typography, personalized illustrations (like the ones our designer creates for every blog post!) and authentic photography; here's how to create designer quality images for free.
8. More flat design
Flat design, like Google's website and Pinterest cards -- in which sections of content are displayed as individual cards -- make it easy to navigate around a website.
9. Parallax scrolling
Parallax is a scrolling mechanic which gives the illusion of a 3D experience to users. It can make websites look more dynamic.
10. Performance and intelligent analytics insight
Insights should go beyond views and unique visitors. When insights tell you which part of a website could be improved, or discarded, a brand can increase engagement with its customers. For more details on each of these trends, read the whole infographic below.
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