There are nearly 2 billion websites on the Internet today. Whether yours is brand new or one that’s been around for a while, you want to be sure it’s attractive to your visitors.
Almost nothing is more important than a sleek, modern design. If your website looks like it’s been around for a decade or more, you may send the wrong message to your visitors.
These five web design trends will help you create a stylish website your visitors want to visit.
1. Flat Websites Remain One of the Top Web Design Trends
Mobile usage surpassed desktops for the first time in 2016. Shortly before that, Google announced they’d prioritise sites optimised for mobile access.
By 2017, web designers were gravitating to the flat website. The purpose of this website design was to improve mobile performance. Since then, it’s become the code word in creating a modern aesthetic for your website.
The trend looks to hold strong throughout 2019, as mobile becomes even more common. Think of it as minimalism for the 21st century.
2. Asymmetrical Layouts go Mainstream
Until recently, most website layouts were laid out on a grid. The grid was even used before the advent of the web, in print ads. Its purpose it to help the designer maintain consistency.
In 2019, website layout will experiment more with broken grids and asymmetry. Flat, minimalist designs loan themselves to this kind of experimentation. Doing away with the stodginess of the grid keeps things fresh and exciting, even in a flat design.
As this trend proves, 2019 is out with the old and in with the new.
3. A Trend Towards Tried-and-True Serifs
One interesting trend in web design right now is the shift towards serif typefaces. Even as brands have adopted sans serifs for their logos, they’ve selected serifs for websites.
One reason for this may be increasing concerns about legibility. A website using default HTML will be legible on almost any device. Design can actually interfere with legibility.
Serif typefaces allow readers to move through the text faster. They’re also classic and timeless, which may be another reason designers are flocking to them.
4. Thinking about Inclusivity
As far as website design ideas go, inclusivity isn’t exactly a novel one. In fact, you may have encountered it before under a different moniker: accessibility.
Although the terminology has changed, the ideas remain the same. Websites should be accessible and provide inclusive experiences for all users. Often, this means stripping away design elements that could impede a reader.
It also means adding audio and video to support those who are visually impaired. It may mean making gestures simpler for those who have a limited ability to touch the screen.
5. Videos Are Everywhere
We mentioned video as part of creating more inclusive design, but it appeals to a broad audience. People tend to pay more attention to them, and they even keep more information than reading text.
Video content will continue to grow, and web design will evolve to incorporate it.
Give Your Website a Make-Over
These are just a few of the web design trends taking hold for 2019. If it’s time to give your website a make-over, get in touch with us today. We’ll help you craft a design that will bring you into the modern era and beyond.