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Web Design Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

In a weeks’ time we will stepping into yet another new year. If you are a web designer, the import of New Year must be a lot more – a year replete with opportunities, promising concepts, and exciting techniques. But before exploring the possibilities, it’s time to reflect on the mistakes you committed in 2015, avoiding some of which can help you sync your upcoming designs with the emerging trends of 2016.

Too-Long Scrolling:

Long scrolling in web design came into fashion because of Facebook’s success. However, being too long, can be off-putting too, especially in web design, where visitors come looking for specific bit of information. Most long scrolling site designs tend to have unclear division of content making matters tedious for the visitor. In 2016, web designers need to make room for the one page design concept.

Hidden Navigation:

This indispensable feature is a pre-requisite for mobile web design. But what makes sense for the mobile makes no sense for web design. Yet in their zeal to make things snappier, designers have started implementing hidden navigation even on full-size websites. The consequence is needless complications which tend to harm the sites usability. In 2016, take care to bare open the navigation menu to visitors.

More Photos, Fewer Illustration

Designing websites with a photo header has been a common feature for far too long a period. However, in 2015 we saw a change in this approach. Designers started replacing photos with imagery, as the notion that images engage users in a better way gained acceptance. In 2016, this trend is expected to gain ground. Designers need to go out of their way to embrace illustration and give websites a more realistic feel.

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Consistent Designs

As companies introduce new features to their operating systems, people are switching from one operating system to another without sparing a second thought. Designers need to factor in this point in order to maintain search engine ranking of the web pages. What this means, is that in 2016, designers must give up consistent designing for contextual designing. In doing so they will make the web pages, equally suitable for all operating systems.

Furthermore, in 2015, Google’s Material Design became the basis for user interface development. It is believed that in 2016, Material Design will come of age and will lead to wide-spread adoption. Those who gave Material Design a short shrift in 2015, need to shed their reservations and go the whole hog for it in 2016. Also, in 2016, designers need to take creative typographical treatments beyond the headlines. The web as a whole needs a typographical treatment and designers need to rise to this need.

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