Web Design Trends From The Years Before: Where Are They Now?

By Mikelle Leow, 15 Jun 2017

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Each year, new web design trends emerge to make user experience more seamless. They morph so quickly, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up. Some features have back-pedaled without a sound, while others have undergone significant transformations to fit the changing preferences of visitors.

In an interesting article on Envato, visual and UI/UX designer Ben Bate observes predictions for 2015 and 2016 and explains how prominent they are in today’s web design world.

Check out four trends from the past and read the full article over at Envato.


Hamburger menus

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Hamburger menus have risen in popularity in the past years, simply because they take up little space. You’ll therefore see them all over mobile apps and sites. However, there are a few flaws in their design. For example, keeping primary navigation items hidden from view might trick visitors into believing they don’t exist.

Where it is now: Still prominent, but UX designers have moved on to other options.

Card-based layouts

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Card-based layouts first emerged in 2015. As they both look appealing and drive positive user experience, they’ve sparked more and more creative interpretations over the years.

Where it is now: Still prominent “as the design trend has many merits in terms of user experience and readability, particularly for news websites.” You’ll see them on websites like Pinterest and Google.


Split-screen layouts

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The split content design is a visual approach that divides content into two columns: one normally scrollable and the other fixed.

Where it is now: Still alive, but disappearing, since the benefits of single column layouts have been re-emphasized.


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Animations are now more popular than ever. However, trends for 2016 predicted more extravagant motions than those you see today. “The trend has certainly shifted from very obvious animations such as in backgrounds, scrolling, and page transitions,” Bate says.

Where it is now: Still popular but not as noticeable, since designers have shifted their focus to functional animations and micro-interactions that enhance user experience.

Rediscover more web design trends from before by reading Bate’s full article.

[via Envato, images via various sources]
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