Predictions for webdesign trends that will dominate in 2017 are starting to arise on the web. In this article, I give you my take on that.
I see the following two aspects of design becoming a trend in 2017.
1. Flat design rules broken upon interaction
For example, a flat button turning non-flat upon hover.
Designers will need to know how to do this in a smart way, so that users enjoy the interaction effects without losing the flat look and feel.
2. Colors used to signify functionality and not styling
Color is a big part of styling. With minimalistic principles becoming more and more popular, less and less colors are being used to style a particular design. With this taken to an extreme, colors will be decidedly pushed out more and more from styling and exist when they can be functional.
For example, a form submit button changing color from red to green as the form data becomes valid. Important warning boxes can have a reddish background. And so on.
Of course, you can't eliminate colors entirely from styling, but the way designers think of them will change: They are more about managing the users' attention and expectations than about beauty.
What do you think?
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