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 Industry-Shaping Web Design Trends of 2021
As the story goes, “Web design is dead” is an all-too-common theme these days. It makes some sense considering site templates and site generators. Yet, like art, there are those pushing the boundaries — bringing the industry forward.
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.
1. Broken/Asymmetrical Layouts
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.
3. Vintage Typography and Variable Fonts
We’re taught to use Times New Roman in school. The Web teaches us to use sans-serif fonts for better readability. Designers got bored and looked to classic, vintage typography for inspiration in this latest web design trend.
Vintage fonts like:
- Motherline Vintage
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.
4. Vibrant Colors
Flat, monotone design became a staple for the latter part of the 2010s. As one could expect, designers became bored and began introducing vibrant colors.
- High saturation
It’s like we’re seeing a resurgence of the 80s — except in web design.
5. (More) Whitespace
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.
Embrace the Designer’s Creativity and Expertise
You, someone wanting to build a site, may not follow web design trends as if it’s their job. Designers do.
Place your trust in their creativity and expertise if using them to build a site. Do so and yours will look sleek, modern, and amazing. Get started with web design, today, and see what ideas you can bring to life.
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