Obviously predicting the trends for as long as two whole decades and that too for a rapidly transforming tech area like web design seems to be a weird undertaking at any rate. There are few design and development aspects that are already well established and the outline of their transformation can be grasped down the line in few years.
Secondly, some famous research organizations like DAPRA or MIT Media Labs or even Google X or IBM are working on an array of futuristic tech projects which are often branded with a term called ‘Next Big Thing’ and they are likely to create huge impact in the way we envisage and incorporate web in different facets of life.
Just consider how it took 20 odd years for taking the internet to what it became now. Beginning as ARPANET in 1969 it took more than two decades for the modern internet be shaped in 90’s and now hardly you can think of any business framework without the edge of the internet.
Much in the similar manner, it took more than twenty-five years to establish email as the new communication medium for businesses and individuals. And then we have a very fast paced evolution from telephone to cell phone to smartphone devices.
And now, we have wearable computers arrived in full force to take over the so-called smart handheld devices. From the pace of change in devices and interfaces, it is evident that we cannot think of waiting for anything so long a time as 20 years. So, such prediction of trends over such a long time seems so much a challenge.
As far as web design is concerned it is always interactively related to the device trends and major internet adoption trends. In conformity with the changes to dominate in internet space and internet ready devices, let us have a look at the trends that are going to dominate web design in the coming two decades. Before that let us have an idea of the web design trends of our time.
Present Web Design Trends
For a few years now the most dominant trends in the space of web design include responsive design, skeuomorphic design, single page design, flat design, card design, and material design. Basically, most of these design trends evolved thanks to the evolving range of devices and their demands in interactive interfaces.
Until now a display of web largely dependent on the digital adoption of content on glass displays pertaining to desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.
Now quintessentially this typical glass display did not change for decades or from the time computers and internet are serving us.
Now with the progress made in wearable computers, particularly through products like Google Glass, we are likely to enter an age where so-called static screen interface will give way to more contextual and flexible display.
Contextual Computing Holds the Key to Future Trends
Some experts told that in the coming years the converging tech forces like social media, mobile, location services, digital data and device sensors will together change the computing.
Obviously, we can understand that these five different forces converge and come together in the context of the use and that is why this emerging computing trend is being regarded as contextual computing. The way does it affect our lives we are going to explain below.
- Through contextual computing different tech maneuvers and tech fields seamlessly integrate and cooperate with each other for benefiting the user contextually.
- For instance, the sensors of the mobile knowing that you are searching a good restaurant in a locality will help you to find options that are nearer and serves your specialties.
- From the social media posts or digital data concerning your food orders the mobile device will know your food preference. Further local service will help the mobile device to find nearby restaurants serving your kind of food. Thus all five forces in an integrated and contextual way help you find something.
- Contextual computing will also make the use of virtual assistants a reality. Through contextual integration of data, social feedback, sensor, mobile and local services such assistants will learn a business process and accordingly do a lot of things in your absence like responding emails, sending invoice to clients, etc.
Contextual Computing in Web Design
Though it is still the dawn for contextual computing and still there is a long way to go in taking over every business and areas of livelihood, still in areas like web design and development contextual computing is being used to offer creative brilliance.
For instance, there is already a website development service that makes use of artificial intelligence to cater to the demand of newly uploaded content. Each time you upload some contents the design of the website gets changed to optimize the view, discoverability, and usability of that content.
- Websites that incorporates user feedback in the design and engages user knowledge in a meaningful way rather than only sticking to the preferences of the site owner are enjoying better conversion. This is in one way indicative of contextual computing to emerge bigger.
- In the time to come websites that offer design elements befitting to the user device and preference will make so-called fixed design outdated. Contextual design for different devices, users, platforms, and locations will satisfy the user preference more and make the site more useful in different user contexts.
The Futuristic Trends in Next 20 Years
The most important thing that is going to happen is the transformation of the means and maneuvers in gathering information, data storage, and accessibility. It may seem futuristic but our organic function can start interacting with digital data in an altogether different way.
In the years to come, we can consume a programmed data pill to make huge data and logical inputs to our brain through our nervous system or bloodstream. Instead of wearing a smartwatch in our wrist intelligent digital parts can be implanted in our body and that can network with other devices and humans carrying such parts.
With such trends being a future reality we can as well think of a network of humans replacing so-called networked computers and devices. Increasing pace of integration between biotech and electronics is making us optimistic about such a future.