As the year is about to come to a close, it’s safe to say that 2014 saw a wave of flat icon design, minimalism, and of course, mobile-first (responsive) design as some of its strongest trends. With so many statistics illustrating the prominence of mobile these days, these design trends will only evolve. What’s more, intuitive user engagement will continue to be the general end-goal.

This being said, here are four current web design trends that we will be seeing more and more of.  

1. Designing for Scrolling Rather Than Clicking

Because of the growing number of users on mobile, web design will continue to favor designs suitable for both desktops and smart phones. Designs that allow users to scroll down and find the information they need will continue to be more effective that designs that require users to click link after link to reach their destination. Pro-scroll websites means more intuitive usage, less load time, and easier access to the information users may be looking for. 

2. Ghost Buttons

Ghost buttons are plain, rectangular buttons with text in the center, a bold border, and a transparent or white background. They have become so popular that there is actually a whole Tumblr website devoted to ghost buttons. They’re minimal yet stylish, which makes them a versatile button style to use. Google Nexus and The New York Times are just a few examples of websites where ghost buttons are used. 

3. Large, High-Quality Backgrounds

If you have visited Tumblr lately, you know that their home page background has transitioned from a plain navy color to a slideshow of large images. Public Art Fund is another website that uses a slideshow of large images as their background. This trend is great for websites who want to keep everything else – such as typography and overall website structure – simple, while still creating a powerful experience for the user.  

4. Microinteractions

Microinteractions are contained web experiences that revolve around a single action. For example, every time you set your alarm, pick a password, or encounter an e-mail newsletter sign-up form, you’re experiencing a microinteraction. Microinteractions influence user engagement by encouraging users to focus on and take a single action. 

To learn more about other graphic and web design trends that will be popular in 2015, feel free to visit our website.

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