Many new, innovative, and exciting tools have been evolved this year to enable the work flow of creators who work in the web designing industry, so what new trends can we expect to see from them as a result of these new technological advances, in 2016?
Today’s Internet users are perceptive, impatient, and they don’t like ‘clicks, scroll bars, or web pages that are cluttered and slow their experiences down. They prefer buttons that react to their touch, and visuals that they can push up or swipe over.
The apps that these users enjoy have wonderful, minimal, and beautiful interfaces that are interactive and perform exceptionally well, and this has not gone unnoticed by web designers, and software companies. In the coming year, many of the changes we shall see in web design, will be in response to how human beings interact best online across all devices.
Interactive design is all about how people behave and evolving technology adapts to that accordingly. The core of interaction is language and communication, and as far as web design goes, the eyes have it. Sight uses up more brain power than any of the other senses. The art of the designer is to create a visual conversation between your product or services, and visitors to your site, and there are amazing new software tools evolving to help them to do just that.
Recently, prototyping tools have been increasingly used by web design companies. One of them, Sketch for the Mac, is a particular favorite because of its font rendering; pixel aware art boards; pixel grids; the ease of rescaling vector objects; and because of its multiple art board views enabling the design of responsive sites. Many users of Sketch still prefer Photoshop for its photo editing capabilities, however. Other designers use Marvel apps for their Android app and web design prototypes, and some designers prefer InVision.
A great number of designers who use the above prototype tools import artwork they have already created using image editing software, and this fact has prompted Adobe to build from scratch a whole new software. Currently using the working title of Project Comet, it’s the first all in one software solution for UX designers, and it will become available early in 2016.
Right on trend, Project Comet presents the web design industry with a cross platform app that lets them do it all; wireframing, visual designing; interactive prototype creation that allows the addition of gestures and animations, as well as user testing. Project Comet integrates with Creative Cloud allowing designers to bring their Photoshop and Illustrator assets directly into the app. It will be interesting to see how this brand new website design tool evolves prototyping in the coming year.
Another design trend that we will see emerging online in 2016, as web design takes on a cleaner, smarter look, will be the evolving cinemagraph. These wonderful still backgrounds with single moving elements are a visual attraction that can be more effective that videos, yet they take up far less bandwidth and therefore don’t slow your website down.
Flixel for the Mac makes the cinemagraph process easy for users, and you can create them in Photoshop too. The Microsoft Research Cliplets app is a dream for Windows users to use who would love to create beautiful and evocative cinemagraphs to enhance any web design.
As well as creating new trends, it looks like 2016 might be the year that web designers have the tools to create websites that bring computer interaction to users that feels as comfortable as texting their friends.