9 New Web Design Ideas for UI/UX Addicts
UX and UI has been all the rage in web design and development in 2017. Having progressed our way into 2018, here are some interesting web design ideas for UI/UX addicts that are likely to rule over the course of the year. Read on.
1. Asymmetrical Grids
In 2018, web design is like to veer off from the conventional, symmetrical patterns and placement of elements. Taking the half-and-half split screen trend of 2017 further up a notch, we’ll get to see a more creative and unconventional presentation of space, text and visual elements, strategically placed to draw in more user engagement.
2. Seamless Interface
Seamless interface will continue to be a hot favorite among the design trends ruling 2018. Comprehensive landing pages, punctuated with text and pictorial information and action buttons will provide the users all they’re looking for and minimize excessive and often unnecessary navigation.
3. Simplistic Animations
While animations do add a dab of pomp and show to the overall design, they had always been quite a headache for designers focused on improving the mobile and desktop user experience. In 2018, we can expect to see more subtle, simplistic and minimalistic animations, such as cinemagraphs, sliders and hover states that would add a more kinetic feel to the overall design and make it spring to life.
4. Collaborative Design
The collaboration of coding, development and design will help evolve web design engineering, which would include design versus code reviews, coded design elements and open source design patterns. This will streamline the process of designing, and make it convenient for coders and designers to collaborate and come up with features and design ideas aimed at optimizing the user experience.
5. Card-Based Designs
Card-based design interface (like Pinterest) has long stayed untapped for mainstream web designing. However, it is expected to see more sites (ecommerce sites and retail portals in particular) switching over to card-based design interface. Cards have proven to be of immense use as an access terminal to a more elaborate information cluster, thereby minimizing the cramming of additional information on main page.
6. Sound Integration
No, this is not about those chatbots saying ‘hi’ when you log on to the home page of a site. Sound integration in web design will be more about adding layers of subtle and pleasant sound hints to each action a user performs on a website.
7. UX > UI
The common objective of user experience and user interface is to draw maximum outcomes and lead the user towards the desired action through minimal input. While UI may be more inclined towards visual presentation of different elements, at the end of the day, it is all about the experience a user has had on a website and whether or not the experience triggered their interest in taking an action. Therefore, it all comes down to the technical acumen of a designer, as in, how they manage to sustain the visual appeal of the site, while also ensuring a seamless user experience.
8. Gradient Colors
Bid adieu to solid color blocks and welcome the rise of subtle and graduated color transitions. Gradient colors not only go easy on the eyes, but also add a dab of aesthetic appeal to the design.
9. Personalized Graphics
Generic stock photos are fast losing their significance in web design, and unique and personalized images are paving their way in. As search engines continue to increase their emphasis on unique content (text as well as graphics), the use of high-quality, unique and personalized images will continue to evolve as a necessity.