The year was marked by numerous announcements, including the launch of a collaboration program between design-sharing sites like WordPress, and social media platforms, and the introduction of a new, unified site design tool.
The next phase of design-making is in full swing, as companies from all over the globe are taking to the stage to share their designs, using a mixture of traditional media, modern digital media and new creative tools, with a view to creating their best content in the shortest time possible.
In one of the biggest releases of the year, Instagram said it was releasing its first mobile design tool, as it will soon allow users to make their own content with one simple tap.
“Now we’re taking the art of design from concept to execution and sharing our work across multiple platforms,” the Instagram team wrote in a blog post.
“The Instagram app is a huge step in the right direction and opens the door to sharing your creations and videos on platforms like Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, Vine, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Pinterest+, and more.”
With the launch being so close, and it being the first release of the product, Instagram also confirmed the first use cases will likely include video and GIFs, both with the goal of creating video content in real time.
The same can be applied to GIFs as it aims to be as powerful as Instagram’s already-fantastic gallery features.
The Instagram team also confirmed that Instagram will continue to work with Twitter to create a mobile design and analytics platform, which will allow users of the service to create their own, personalized content with their posts.
Other major brands including Zappos, Under Armour and Kia have also announced their support for the new design tools.
A new tool called “The Art of Design: Design on Mobile” was recently launched by Google for users to design and share their own digital content with the company.
It’s an interesting development from one of Instagram’s biggest rivals in the design space, WordPress, who is working with Twitter on an all-in-one design platform, “The Search Engine.”
The next phase of the design-shopping journey will begin with a release of WordPress 8.5, a major update to the CMS, which brings significant new functionality, including new design templates, new images, and new widgets.
Users can also create their first designs directly within WordPress, which are now a completely free service.