As we move into a new year, there will undoubtedly be more new trends to look out for in the web design space. Here we’re going to take a look at the top five trends to expect throughout the year so that you can prepare and ride the wave!
As browsers and internet have become more powerful, and with screens becoming higher in resolution all the time, it’s brought about high-quality 3D-style elements to websites.
No longer do icons or sections look flat, they’re becoming fully textured 3D shapes that stand out on any page. This adds a new, more modern feel to website elements that create more depth and interest to look at.
In 2021, we’re going to see the use of 3D elements continue to grow as more complex websites aim to flesh out their designs to stand out and provide their users with the most immersive experiences.
For a long time, websites have been designed using blocky, inline layouts that create a perfectly symmetrical and balanced look. Of course, everyone loves an aesthetically pleasing and balanced design, but we’re now beginning to see people go against this to stand out.
Moving elements “out of the grid” and creating quirky and asymmetrical layouts is a trend that will definitely pick up in 2021. As competition in the digital world increases, websites are doing more and more to try and stand out to their users and this is a great way to do so. Creating fun designs can really captivate users and gain their full attention!
Another web design trend to look out for in 2021 is the focus on softer, more subtle colours. Web designers will want to use these more “natural” colours to create a calmer, quieter feel to websites.
Glaring, bright colours are great for capturing attention, but overusing them creates a confusing, overly intense experience for users. As more websites begin to tone colours down and use softer ones, it will become important for others to somewhat match this feel so as not to put users off.
Scrolling no longer just navigates the page, but it changes the elements and allows users to truly interact with a website. Building transforming elements into websites is becoming more and more popular in 2021 and is definitely something to have a go at if you want to spice up your site.
By allowing users to alter the page and load new elements when they scroll, it becomes a much more engaging experience for users, who in turn, will become more interested in using your website.
The final trend to look out for this year is the increasing use of parallax animations on website pages. Parallax is when objects closer to the viewer appear to move faster than objects further away – we see this regularly in everyday life, but it’s now becoming a part of web design too. With complex foreground and background elements, web designers can transform the depth of their site, creating a theatre-like experience for users. This level of immersion and stunning animations will capture audiences on a whole new level!
Which of these trends for 2021 do you like the looks of and will you be trying any out? Some are simpler than others, but in a world of saturation and overcrowding, the more you do to stand out, the better!
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