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How accurate was 2016's web design predictions?

By the end of every year, many prominent writers and design agencies analyzes trends that will dominate the next year. Here are some predictions for 2016.

Let’s browse throw those trends and check how they are progressing, how designers are been inspired by in their 2017’s creations and works, and how accurate was those predictions.

Split content:

Forecasted  by TemplateMonster.
The concept is to split the web page into two columns, with different contents. Usually, one column with a freezed content and the other with scrolling text or form fields to achieve an action.
We have seen some of that trend in the beginning of 2016, and it is still alive in 2017, but it is disappearing quickly.  

Hamburger menu:

Forecasted  by Awwwards.
For the last two years, Hamburger menus dominating mobile apps designs, but this concept is been copied into desktop websites too.
But the transition from a regular clear menu to a small icon in the top left is still raise issue from a UX perspective. The first reason is that hamburger icons are still not known by everyone as a clickable item, which leads many designers to add the word menu next to the icon. Another reason is that the user needs to click twice to achieve the destination page.

Long-scroll:

Forecasted by UXPin.
Very popular for websites with a lively archive like Facebook and Instagram, and landing page websites. Users can scroll long down the content that seems sometimes unlimited for websites with huge archive.
UX analyses show that the uses will sometimes not scroll long down to find content, and will prefer to navigate faster.
This concept is still prominent this year and we may see more examples of that kind in many works.

Card-based layouts:

Absolutely a correct prediction by Designmodo.
It keeps information visually organized in a user-friendly container, and adopted in large scale for mobile webapps.
This concept makes it easily to get almost a similar user experience for your website in desktop and mobile, and it is very much used in 2017. We see it often in news and magazine website.

Animations:

Predicted by Marvellous.
Animations have been used all the time to improve the visual aspect of the website, making website as living object that can interact with uses.
Designers took animations in website to another level, from interactive transition and banners to micro-interaction and suble animation.
Animation are now more polpular than ever.

Thin typography  

Predicted by Marvellous.
The font weights have become thinner, and we see more refined and clean typography.
The UX in term of readability decreased as cost for simplicity and minimalism.
The trend is still prominent but maybe we will soon see a shift back toward heavy font weights.  

Full-screen forms:

Forecasted by Econsultancy.
The aim of full-screen forms is to focus the user on the task.
The trend is implemented is large scale design, and encouraged by user experience professionals.
Using full-screen forms is growing, and don’t seem to be fading soon.  

 

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