Card Design, SVG Files, and More Web Design Predictions for 2016

Recently we covered some of the top web design trends of 2015 and 2016. Today, rather than looking back on recent web design and development trends, we want to take a look forward at some web design predictions and trends shaping the future of contemporary website design.

This March Business2Community fired off a listicle with ‘6 More Predictions for Web Design in 2016,’ and the post highlighted some interesting ways to customize your website. Why does this matter? In an age when 70-80% of users only click on organic search results online, your web design is the first impression you get to make on new customers, and a modern design is essential.

Some of the web design predictions are rather vague, like ‘User-Centered Design’, while others are less predictive than they are painfully obvious, ‘Speed is a Necessity.’ After all, UX design (User Experience) is hardly a new trend in 2016 and companies have been shifting their focus to UX design since 2012. Plus, our website designers in Maryland have known for years that up to 40% of users will bounce off a website that takes more than three seconds to load, so no surprises there.

Two Web Design Predictions to Pay Attention To

There are two web design predictions we wanted to call attention to: the growing use of modular design, and scaleable vector graphics. If those terms aren’t familiar to you, then you aren’t alone. Still, expect to hear a lot more about SVG files and modular design in the years to come.

Let’s start with modular design, also known as card-based design. In short, this offers you more ways to customize your website by using rectangular modules of content. Each ‘card’ contains a particular piece of content, and these cards are stacked and arranged to create a more contemporary website design. Big names like Pinterest have long used modular web design, while Twitter, Google, Spotify, and other major players are shifting to cards as well, at least on their mobile versions.

Then we have scalable vector graphics, which are an XML-based file format for two-dimensional images. In an age when users are split across a variety of devices and screen sizes, these files ensure an image looks the same no matter the size it’s displayed. They’re becoming a standard go-to for web design services.

If you’re looking to customize your website in 2016, then you don’t want to jump on the latest trends. To succeed online, you’ll need a long-term strategy for success, and web design trends come and go. Still, if you start looking, you’ll see cards and modular design everywhere you look in 2016, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.