As you can see the benefits of the sticky navigation are worth the minor inconveniences. You have so much to gain from keeping your brand front center, your content easily accessible while keeping a fresh look to your site.
Caught in a Sticky Navigation
In the world of ADA compliance and web design, every aspect needs to be thoughtful. The core of your site is your navigation, and this means that your navigation needs to be considerate for all users involved. While I love the modern, minimal look where the navigation is a hamburger menu icon, that doesn’t translate well to all audiences. So how does one keep things modern without sacrificing diverse functionality?
The answer is sticky. The most requested navigational feature I’ve been receiving is to make them sticky. What does sticky mean? When scrolling down a page, a navigation used to go up, out of view and would require you to scroll all the way back up to the top of the site to get back to the navigation. This is when the “scroll to the top” buttons became more popular. Making a navigation sticky means the navigation will stay at the top of your screen at all times. No matter how far you scroll, your users will always have access to the navigation.
Like most things, this has its pros and cons. Here is a list of the benefits and the inconveniences of sticky navigations.
2018 Web Design Trends
In 2018, web design trends will continue to focus on simplicity: simple typography, imagery and a neutral color palate. This concept, as well known by many designers and developers, has become accepted. More and more, developers are recognizing that this idea of simplicity can help users (both visually and productively) while keeping them engaged.
In easywebsite.uk’s article, “Website Design Trends for 2018: A Look Ahead to 1990,” five new trends are suggested.
- Real people. This kind of photography accentuates preset situations and experiences and is not personalized to the user experience. Use images that reflect your user.
- Gifs. Nowadays, we’re surrounded by these graphics. They are easy to create, capture content in seconds and are much more enjoyable than a boring ten-minute video.
- Get to the point. If it’s longer than five to seven words, people will skip over it. Keep it simple with keywords that draw interest.
- Grid layouts. And no, this doesn’t mean elements must be contained. Content can be broken up in digestible pieces while expressing dynamic angles, color choices and imagery.
- Minimalism. Minimalism. Minimalism. No more extensive lists and paragraphs of copy no one will read. Simplicity can give you the right amount of information without being overwhelming. Stick to the basics.