Web design is no longer just a website wireframe painted in colour. It has been the platform where technology innovations meet digital design aesthetic. If you think carefully, then you will understand that the rapid change in technologies influences web design trends a lot.
Now your website is not just locked behind the PC screen. Now they are in the pocket of your target customers. Thanks to smartwatch, now they are also on the wrist of your customers. AR smart glasses are ready to grab the market. Once they do that, you also have to design your site keeping smart glasses in mind. Here we will take you through a complete guide and reveal all the information about the future of web design.
Next-generation smartphones are about to launch. Users can fold them in half. One can use them in two ways – like a smartphone, as well as tablets. So it is fair to conclude that sooner we are going to see a brand new screen appearance. It will make a web designer’s job even more challenging. It is expected that this new innovative device will put a huge impact on web design in future.
Since we are moving towards the mid-21st century, web design is becoming more important for businesses. Now people have started to spend most of their time online. Due to this reason creating effective digital user experiences have become an important part of web designing.
However, if you go through the statement of Craig Frost (designer at Pusher), then you will understand that there’s a problem. He said “There’s a demand for good software but broadly speaking, there aren’t enough good developers to build those things,” In addition to that he also added “And even if there were, infrastructure is something that takes lots and lots of time and attention – time that could be better spent on building features for customers.”
Luckily there are some good tools that you can use to fix the gap. If you use the Pusher’s tools, it will give you the chance to see real-time features of the application.
Web Animation with Adobe Character Animator
Previously web designers used to take UI animations as tacky. But now they have made a strong comeback. While surfing the internet, you will find many companies that add animation on their web design. Adobe had also introduced software for creating animations which is known as Character Animator.
With every passing day, this software is also gaining its popularity. You don’t need any professional skills in animating for using the software. Your basic designing skill will help you to use the tool and allow you to create an animation that you can easily put on your website.
During the last few years, videos have also become an important part of web design. It works as a powerful digital medium and allows businesses to connect to their visitors easily. Take examples of Facebook. They spend a lot of effort and resources for maximising the popularity of video content. In fact, they have already integrated 4K and 8K videos in their system. They also give their users the chance to upload 3D videos.
Several studies have revealed the fact that video is going to be the number one marketing tool in the coming few years. So it is expected that in the coming years, adding videos will become essential for web designers.
In this age of digitalisation the attention span of every person has become short. In a situation like this animation can be a gold mine. Just like videos, animations can also grasp and hold the attention of the users for a long period of time than static images. The fast internet connection and the evolving technologies have played a crucial role in the rise of CSS3 animation.
In the last few years, we have witnessed some amazing animations that were created with CSS3. It is expected that CSS3 animations will play a significant role in web designing in future. It is also expected that advanced CSS3 animations will improve the overall quality of the layouts, which will result in higher user engagement.
Data and Design
Many people think that the future of web design is going to be all about bringing data and design together. It means that in future designers will focus on creating such experience where users will be able to leverage data and analytics for a contextualised and personalised experience. If you think carefully, then you will understand that it is already happening to us with online ads.
Nathan Shetterley had revealed something very interesting about this. He said “Google is crawling my Gmail to understand what I’m interested in and providing me with an ad specific to something that I probably have some interest in. But we don’t do it very well outside of ads.” So you can expect that this shift won’t just be restricted to consumer experiences only while showing ads. It is expected that sooner it will also put a significant impact on web design.
Ultrafast 5G networks will open the windows for designers to create more futuristic and innovative web design which will respond amazingly with the evolving technologies. It is expected that by the end of 2020, 5G connections will capture a big part of the market. This type of connection has the ability to offer up to 1 Gbps speed. So now the heaviest sites will load within a few seconds. It will allow designers to add more innovations to their design.
Conversational user interfaces (CUI) or conversational interfaces are a platform that mimics a conversation with humans. Previously we used to rely on graphical user interfaces GUI. In this type of interface, a user had to press the “back” button to command the computer to get him/her back to the previous page. But this whole process will change with the rise of CUI as it will allow users to communicate with the computer in a natural language instead of syntax specific commands.
To make the full use of this, designers have to utilise natural language processing (NLP) conversational interfaces to allow computers to realise, analyse, and develop meanings from human language. Unlike a word processing system, NLP focus on the fundamental structure of the human language. It is expected that in the coming few years, conversational interfaces will play an important role in web design best practice.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
Accelerated mobile pages are also known as AMP. This is an open-source library which is ideally built to provide users high-performance, fast web experiences on mobile.
The purpose of AMP is to make the mobile version of a website highly functional without compromising the style of the webpage. Currently, news and blog sites mainly leverage the power of AMP for designing their website. But it is expected that in the coming few years almost all the mobile websites will be powered by AMP.
The notched display is not a new thing for us. It refers to the irregular shape of a smartphone that occurs due to the cut-out that appears on a particular edge of the device. Apple first introduced this type of design along with their smartphone model iPhone X. After that, many smartphone manufacturers have started to follow their lead. Now many companies put the front camera and the speaker of the device in the middle on the top of the screen. In this way, they increase the usable area of the phone. Currently, it has become a trend in smartphone designs which will also impact on the web design industry.
Recently Samsung has also introduced a new technology along with their latest model Galaxy S10. This device uses display vibration to create sound. So you can say that a device like this will eliminate the needs of installing speakers to create sound. It means that in the coming few years, the only hole that you will get on the top of your screen is the front camera of the device.
It will give smartphone manufacturers the chance to play with the camera position on the screen, which might cause a headache for UI designers while creating a layout of a mobile website.
Smart Consumer Electronics
If you search across the market, then you will find plenty of smart customer electronic products such as smartwatches, smart bracelets, smart shoes etc. These high tech devices are gaining popularity very fast. So it is fair to conclude that they are on their way to conquer the market.
When these products will come in full use, they will make the job of a designer even more challenging. That time designers also have to optimise their website for these devices.
VR and AR
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are the two latest technologies in the digital world. Let’s start with virtual reality. Well, a VR device creates a simulated experience which is completely different from the real world. Previously we have seen the uses of VR technology in entertainment as well as for educational purposes.
Augmented reality is nothing but a distinct type of VR style technology that includes mixed and augmented reality. It creates an interactive experience of a real-world environment. It means that AR technology shows you the objects in that real world that are developed by computer-generated perceptual information that includes haptic, visual, auditory, olfactory, and somatosensory.
VR technology creates images of the virtual world which is not related to the surrounding. On the other hand, AR technology enables users to observe the surrounding by placing digital objects in it.
It is expected that in the coming few years, manufacturers will introduce some more improved AR and VR devices to the market, which will also be available at affordable prices. So you can expect that more people will use these two devices. As a web designer, you also have to meet their expectation by giving them such content which will improve their VR & AR experiences.
The old version of WordPress had a simple text window for editing. But WordPress 5.0 comes with all new editing option. It has a block-based editor that allows the designer to create beautiful layouts by using content blocks.
Now users can create blocks and also use the pre-made ones to build beautiful web page layouts. Their goal is to give users a flexible CMS that allows users to design unique layout in an easy way. It will also impact the web designing process.
These are the things which will impact the web design industry in the coming few years.