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James Helliwell
September 17, 2015

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Like many industries that rely on technology, web design is a fast moving and fast paced sector that is always rapidly evolving. This rapid evolution means that web design trends and practices change quickly and without warning. This means that websites that looked modern and relevant 2 years ago are now rendered boring and obsolete. Is there a way to predict what the future of web design could be and is there a way to stay ahead of the curve? Well unfortunately there is no crystal ball and there are no guarantees in this industry. However, what we can do is try to figure out which direction the industry is heading in and try to jump the gun on some of the trends and keep a step ahead of rival websites. We spoke with Ajay from Youth Noise Digital about what he sees in the future of web design and together we came up with 3 separate predictions for the benefit of this article. Let’s have a look at what we might see more of or less of in the future.

Our Predictions

RIP the Pixel

Imagine zooming in on an image and not seeing a massive blur of boxed pixels all mangled together to create some sort of crazy pattern. With the increase in retina displays and advances in technology with vector images, pixels could soon be in the rear view mirror for good.

Flat Website Design

Simple is better, it just is. Removing any depth and making everything 2d creates a modern and sleek look that’s already pretty popular at the moment. We expect the flat website design trend to increase in popularity massively in the next few years.

Pictures FTW

Hi-def pictures and images aren’t just used as objects anymore. Often the website is based around images and the background of a website is typically an image as well. Although this can cause some clashing problems with text, it creates a unique and modern look that is popular now and will be the common trend in a year or so.


Responsive web design

With the increase of platforms that websites can be viewed on, it’s only natural that designers look at ways of making their websites accessible with the same theme, although with different dimensions. For example, viewing a website on an iPhone and iMac can yield vastly different results for a website that doesn’t use responsive web design. With tablets, smartphones and computers selling fast, expect this trend to rise fast too

Animation bites back

Ok so large moving and complex animations that take ages to load have gone but with the rise of fibre optic broadband, animations can now be seamless and used to make a smooth transition from page to page or tab to tab. Don’t expect over the top animations to return but do expect to see small and clever ones return in a big way.

Less clicks

Scrolling is easier than clicking. You heard it here first. With the rise of smartphones and touch screens, using a finger or thumb to swipe rather than click is a much easier and efficient way of moving between web pages. This means that although clicking will never totally go away, you should expect to see a lot more websites with the ability to scroll and swipe to manoeuvre between pages.

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