Technology changes rapidly, so does customer needs and applications need to be in sync with technology advancements and user friendliness to stay ahead in the competition. Technology drives innovation in website design and helps in use of best practices for user platforms both UX and mobile platforms. Some of the trends that will come to the fore are-
Browser-Based IDEs: Browser based cloud IDEs help developers to write code with suggestions and syntax, using web browser and save code components or share or store. CodePen is one such IDE with support for HTML/CSS/JS along with custom preprocessing like Jade/Haml and LESS/SCSS.
Material Design: It is a substitute of flat design with graphics using the layers concept to separate elements. It can store and remove elements as per needs with built-in-animations without manual inputs.
CSS Preprocessors: Optimization of efforts has led to increased use of preprocessors which are code components or functions that are available in Sass mixin libraries that can reproduce repeatable code is CSS.
Typography: Responsive website designs, increased resolutions and vibrant colors have enhanced typography wherein CSS and colorful fonts will substitute for effects and texts to reduce page loading time and server load. Notables are Serifs for improved legibility with room for more elegant fonts and Handwriting to add a personal touch to logos, headers, post titles, menus, business cards etc.
Touch screens and Layouts: Users like touch events thus more and more sites being responsive to screen size, type and pressure through plugins to handle events such as tap and swipe. This will improve mobile layouts thus enabling the message to fit the screen and will speed up page loading.
Automated Task Runners: Automation is to replace manual tasks that bring quick turnaround and efficient codes like Gulp and Grunt to replace manual tasks.
More Imagery, Less Text: Pictures and videos seek more attention than texts and search engines prefer text they can index to move text-rich content to sub-pages and the image-rich content to the homepage.
Dynamic Storytelling: Use of graphics to tell a story to inform viewers about product or services, process or timeline or any other information you want users to know.
Social Comments: Live Product Previews on home page or landing page to provide a preview of the product has directed the websites to social commenting systems on their website so that users can use their social media tools to give comment.
Designer Tools: There are cross-platform applications for designing the UX from the scratch with tools for prototype websites and design layouts. Like an Adobe Project Comet, which have cross platform applications for wire framing, visual designs, interaction design, prototyping etc…