7 web design trends for 2018
September 17, 2018
Technology is evolving rapidly and so is the diversity in web design. Today, the possibilities in web design are almost limitless and there is a lot of room for creativity to improve the user experience. In addition, the rules of the game for search engine optimization are fundamentally changing in 2018. In the previous year, it already became apparent that more and more people are on mobile websites. Search engines like Google are reacting to this and are giving more and more preference to mobile-optimized websites in their rankings. So in 2018, there are some trends that are interesting. So here we go, here are the 7 trends in web design that stand out and might be exciting for you.
1. minimalism pure
This trend continues in 2018 and impresses with clear design and clear navigation. The user can navigate through the website as quickly as possible and is not distracted from the important content. The advantage of this design approach is that the loading time of the website is very fast and therefore perfect for search engine optimization (SEO). The focus is on the essentials, but there is room for creativity.
2. flat and yet 3D
Over the last few years, flat design without much depth has become very popular. Clear, graphic and reduced to the important things. In 2018, this design is refined, with more depth through light shadows. From the user's perspective, this makes elements easier to distinguish from each other and helps direct the user's focus. The user experience (UX) improves significantly and important things can be brought to the fore better.
3. strong color palettes, asymmetry and dynamic scroll effects
Big companies like Spotify or Stripe are not afraid to use bold colors and gradients. Blue, purple, pink and green are way out in front. The transitions of the individual areas on the website are no longer straight and horizontal, but also sometimes diagonal, in wave form or a color gradient into the next area. Everything is a bit looser and yet clearly separated. In addition, dynamic scroll effects are often used, in which the content gradually appears the further you scroll. This makes the website look more dynamic and interesting.
4. playful illustrations and animations
A big trend for 2018 is also the use of illustrations and animations instead of simple stock photos. Companies like Kontist, for example, work with illustrations created especially for them to match their own branding. Others are using gifs and cinemagraphs, for more entertainment and dynamism on the website. The content as a whole becomes more lively and authentic when you use more than just photos. The user usually stays longer on the website. However, you should not use too many such elements, so as not to reduce the loading time and make the page too choppy.
5. typography as an eye catcher
Until a few years ago, using fonts other than the standard ones available on a website was almost impossible. Today, thanks to high-resolution displays, you can dare to use special fonts and only need a few lines of CSS code. Especially serif fonts are on the rise and are used creatively. The user experience is improved and text can be made more legible. The focus of the user can be directed by the use of typography.
6. authentic photos
In the past, websites usually only focused on the product, but not on the people behind it. As a user, you could hardly get a picture of the people in the background and thus identify less with the brand. In 2018, it is particularly noticeable that photos of people are increasingly appearing on websites, regardless of whether this company offers products or services. Targeted storytelling creates more connection between the user and the company.
7. card design
Pinterest led the way and tried something completely new in design. Now this trend has also arrived in web design 2018. The card design has the great advantage that the user can use the website intuitively and understand it easily. Moreover, this design is perfectly adaptable to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Responsive design can be implemented perfectly, so that the website is displayed optimally on any device.
The content can be creative in many ways, but you must never forget to optimize everything for mobile devices. Google has announced it. The ranking algorithm will be changed to mobile-first indexing in the long term. Websites should therefore be adapted for mobile devices at an early stage in order not to slip to the bottom of the ranking or even disappear completely. Responsive design is therefore very important since 2018 at the latest and should always be taken into account.
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