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Web design trends and techniques have changed dramatically over the years. It’s almost foreign to think about “Web 2.0”, shiny buttons, and gradients everywhere. It’s even crazier thinking what the Web would look like if we kept HTML tables!
Standing out is tougher than ever as countless sites come online.
What are designers and developers embracing this year? What trends in website design show promise from here into the foreseeable future? Let’s take a look.
The following trends may or may not stick. Regardless if they do or don’t, you should take note. They’ll provide immense design inspiration in your projects.
Flashback to the mid-2010s and the grid layout reigned supreme. The grid system was ideal for page structure and user flow. Yet, many designers found this boring as it made a rigid standard for most designs.
Today we have asymmetrical layouts.
These layouts break the grid, twisting and turning design elements. In a way, the design mirrors print to which visuals disrupt the flow but adds an experience. You’ll see minimalism play a role in asymmetrical layouts, too.
Brutalism is best described as a raw, unfiltered experience. In Web design, brutalism mimicks websites of yesteryear with fewer gimmicks. And, a higher prominence in the message versus visual flair.
The stripped-down design looks barren compared to typical sites.
The no-frills design is effective in delivering the message (aggressively). It’s like taking minimal design, adding concrete, and hammering your visitor.
Vintage fonts like:
The almost rustic look of them gives a classic look. You likely notice is most in trendy logos for bars and restaurants these days.
On the flip side:
Variable fonts are somewhat bland but are fantastic for usability. These fonts scale to design and screen sizes.
It’s like we’re seeing a resurgence of the 80s — except in web design.
It seems like businesses and companies finally listened to their design. The call for whitespace has been in the lexicon for many years. This is the choice of giving the page ample “breathing” space by separating elements.
Whitespace is ideal for directing attention to essential elements.
You, someone wanting to build a site, may not follow web design trends as if it’s their job. Designers do.
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