With 2014 coming to an end, what can you expect to see in 2015? Mobile device usage will continue to grow and expand into wearable tech and appliances. We’re already seeing it with TVs. What’s next?
Here are some trends to keep your eyes out for:
- Responsive typography: You’ve heard a lot about responsive design, but the next thing will be typography. Rather than having fixed type sizes, or relying on users to increase the font size manually, responsive typography will adjust itself to the resolution that’s detected.
- Responsive design will expand to devices beyond tablets and smartphones. With the explosion of more platforms and devices, responsive design will evolve even further. Whereas before, responsive design meant taking into account smartphones, tablets and desktops, now it’ll have to include smart watches, TVs and appliances, and more!
- Parallax, animation and scrolling effects: More and more sites, including Google and Apple, are using parallax techniques, animations, and scrolling effects to feature new products and services. We expect to see more of this in the next year!
- Bigger Images and videos: With larger resolutions for desktops and tablets, images and even video are scaling up as well. Airbnb and Flipboard are two examples of sites that use full-width video to great effect. Check them out!
- Flat Design evolves into Material Design. Many of you may be familiar with flat design, a design philosophy that removes stylistic elements from websites, giving them cleaner, simpler looks. Google recently unveiled “Material Design,” a new direction for mobile (and design in general) that uses very subtle gradients, layering, and animation, to keep a sense of the tangible world (physical space and objects) while still achieving all the advantages of flat design.
These are some of the trends we believe that we will see in the coming year. Do you agree? What do you believe we’ll see. Share your thoughts.