Design Trends

All websites are somewhat interactive…we click on links or scroll a page, but truly interactive websites take us on a user-driven adventure or draws us in through motion and sound while giving us the power of choice. Interaction can be as simple as a series of clicks that navigate us through a story or landscape, or as complex as moving through a 3D environment to discover hidden content or reach goals to move to the next step. Put simply, interactivity is creating a user experience where the visitor is placed at the center.

The year ahead should be a really exciting one for design, with the introduction of wider support for SVG and a host of new things we can do with CSS as CSS4 gains broader acceptance. In taking a look back at what made a big splash this year, I hope you will be inspired to kick off 2017 with some fresh ideas and new inspiration as we look at design trends in 2016 and what to expect in 2017.

WordPress is a perfect example of how the web has evolved from static to interactive, a shift driven by our desire to share thoughts and a great opportunity to promote our goods. A truly good WordPress theme goes beyond simply looking good to offer solid core functionality and administrative features. There are hundreds of WordPress themes out there, but they are not all created equal. To be truly great, a theme needs to consider both the visitor and the needs of the content creator.

Fonts took on a revival in handmade styles this year, from calligraphic, script and handwritten to brush painted and block-printed. Combined with the great visual appeal of hero images and typographic layouts in web design, handwriting fonts are a trend that you can expect to see more of. In this article you’ll find a fresh and varied selection of high quality free fonts, each as lovely and flexible as their premium counterparts. Each includes scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures and was chosen for their readability, impact and flavor.

While I was working with the Themify team on the Landing theme, we looked at over a hundred landing pages for inspiration. We reviewed how people designed their landing pages, laid out key information of their content, and designed their call to action box – these are important factors when designing a converting landing page. Below are 30 well designed landing pages I’ve selected for your inspiration. They vary from company landing page, to single-page layouts for portfolios, apps, shops, and products. Enjoy!

Business cards used to be nothing more than plain and simple (and quite frankly, boring) pieces of card with a few contact details on. That was before creatives got involved, though, and completely changed the game. People started to realise the fantastic branding potential behind these little cards. Weve already seen a number of beautiful examples of embossed business cards, and even some so creative that they change the shape and material of the traditional business card entirely. Well, the latter has proved to be incredibly popular in recent years, and weve found even more examples of brands using business cards to mirror their personalities! Here are 50 for your inspiration:

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