Take a deep breath… we finally made it through 2019 and are well into 2020! So what does 2020 have in store for us? For most designers, it’s the time of the year when they look for trends and design aesthetics that will dominate the New Year. There are trends like gradients are all set to make a comeback this year as dynamic gradients. Leaders like Google and Apple that are in support of flat designs may see a new addition of color and depth in the minimalist concept. If you are a professional web designer and wish to know about the new trends for the New Year, then this blog is for you. We’ve done some research and have assembled the top design trends that are here to stay in 2020.
8 Web Design Trends You’ll See in 2020
1. Plenty of Whitespace
The term whitespace simply refers to the blank space in between the design elements. It adds spacious and well balanced feel into the page. Although it is called whitespace but it can be of any color and it includes the spacing between lines or columns of the text, empty space around visuals and also the margins around the page. As whitespace signifies the blank space between designs, it could even be seen as wastage of space. However whitespace gives us breath of fresh air in a page and helps highlight important design elements. In 2020 the concept of whitespace will get better prominence along with its adjacent images.
2. Oversized Type and Elements
In order to make the communication procedure clear and effortless, websites are gradually getting inclined towards big and prominent elements. This type of design is preferred for anything on a webpage starting from big bold typography to full screen images and videos. Enlarged fonts instantly catch attention and help visitors understand the message that a site wants to convey. Moreover they are visually appealing as well. To follow this trend, you can simply decrease the number of design elements on each page so that it does not look clumsy. Today the majority of the websites opt for a full screen image or video on their first page teamed with large typography.
3. Split Screen Content
If you wish to convey two ideas with a neat look, you can consider splitting your screen down the middle that keeps each side in the limelight. This type of web design trend divides the rectangular mold into two parts. In order to make it innovative, you can keep the style of each side slightly different from each other. To add a visual hierarchy to the partitioned design, you can add an extra element at the centre of the screen where two halves meet. This could be anything starting from the logo to a call to action (CTA) or a menu header that will be the main focus and balance out the entire screen properly.
4. Solid Color Blocks
The split screen trend is not confined to dividing the screen into two parts. Websites that follow the trend sometimes break the screen into multiple parts that are of different shades and color. This particular style allows you to express several messages at one in a cohesive manner. Photos with short descriptions in each section can truly enhance the style and the overall appearance of the website. This will also make it easy for the viewers to understand your message better. However you need to be careful while designing the website so that the website does look like a messy collage work.
5. Exposed Grid and Windows
Now web designing concept is all set to join hands to technology this year. Thin lines, rectangles and strokes can split a screen into various sections, directing viewers’ eyes in the desired reading direction. The grid and its guidelines, both design conventions were previously used for behind-the-scenes work, but now they are being used in website designs to highlight the segmentation of the screen and its building blocks. Shapes reminiscent of pop-ups or browser windows, have now become a seamless part of the page itself.
6. Fluorescent 3D Digital Artwork
Digital 3D images create an ethereal interpretation to familiar materials and decorate websites with luminous neon shades. Such artworks play the role of a tempting eye candy that attracts visitors’ attention, contrasted against a layout that is simple and clean. Although the usage of 3D artwork is nothing new, they are now becoming more popular. Teamed up with fluorescent colors, these artworks create a futuristic and energetic appearance to every website.
7. Overlapping Layers
Positioning elements in layers on a web page is a tempting way to add depth to 2D screens, that feels like there is more to the four corners of the screen that meets the eyes. In order to get the layered style, you can either place the elements on top of one another or by allowing other content to pop into view once clicked. This undoubtedly gives a rich appeal to a website where the visuals will stay in order and easily legible. You can get this look with a parallax scrolling effect, light boxes or by skillfully positioning images or texts on top of one another.
8. Full Screen Forms
Full screen forms generally represent the large elements surrounded by generous amount of whitespace. This particular style of designs can be mainly seen in online forms. Online forms are made to invite people to interact. It is an inseparable part of web interaction which covers everything starting from signing up to filling in delivery information on an online store. To offer users a better interacting experience full screen forms are used that respond to the users’ actions on time and guide them through the entire process.
With technological advancement, web designs are also improving and becoming more unique and creative – they’ll be sure to dominate this year and beyond. Some of the above mentioned trends are already growing concepts in the designing field like web animation while others such as CSS grids are about to become some of the hottest design trends over the next few months.