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Top 10 Web Design Trends 2019 [With 30+ Stunning Examples]

Alexandra Mercier, April 5, 2019

With continuously evolving trends and tech, there has never been a more exciting time to be a designer.

If 2018 showed us anything, it’s that designers are not afraid to explore the unknown. We witnessed an array of new experiences that pushed the limits of what is possible on the web: 

One thing we know for sure is that brands aren’t looking to fit in, but to stand out.

So what are top designer doing to make that happen?

Our team of expert designers took a look at the top 10 design trends taking over the web.

Website Design Trends 2019

Bright and vibrant colours

(examples: SikkemaWhimsical, and Lyft)

For a while, soft tones and monotone had taken over design. However, it seems like this trend is fading away.

This year, users are craving high contrast and vibrant colors.

Take a look at the latest collections in fashion design: bright neons, metallics and angular shapes have made a comeback.

Now more than ever, companies are using bold bright colors to better represent the company brand.

Pro tip: Warmer tones such as purple, blue, golden yellow, and green can help evoke emotion.

Video

(examples: MaxxHatOand3, and WestelMHotels)

Although there was quite the buzz around cinemagraphs in 2018, that trend has slowed down.

As with colors, 2019 videos are bolder and more eye-catching than ever. The key is finding the right balance so your written copy and videos don’t compete for user's attention.

Functionally, videos are more product-focused to help your website visitors understand how your product works and how it will benefit them. 

Pro tip: The best videos hook the user in the first few seconds and don’t require sound to be efficient. Use time-lapse videos or sequencing techniques to make your product appear easy to use.

Minimalistic asymmetrical layouts

(examples: HashVanderlanth, and Muli)

Because of outside influence, we are often asked to add more than we’d like to a design, and our instincts tend to guide our layout into symmetrical grids.

In design though, less is often more and asymmetry can be powerful and eye-catching.

This is precisely why minimalistic asymmetrical layouts are among the most difficult design styles to execute.

Although challenging, the process of eliminating non-essential elements results in a cleaner, more focused design. A firm understanding of layering, proportion, and whitespace is key to this technique.

Pro tip: Achieving this look will require you to work with an experienced developer or use a WYSIWYG website builder like PageCloud. This technique works best for landing pages or smaller websites under 25 pages.

Transitions

(examples: MonogranoGiuseppe–Deluca, and Steven Mengin)

Even simple transitions can serve to elevate your design.

Designers are exploring a variety of section-based transitions that can be vertical or horizontal. Plus, with advanced parallax effects, it’s becoming easier for designers to make specific elements or copy stand out on the page.

Pro tip: Regardless of the transition technique, the website must remain intuitive and the user should always feel in control. Your transitions should never distract from the core content.

Micro interactions

 (examples: Femme & FierceAffinityWe Make, and Louis Ansa)

User experience experts agree that micro interactions play an important role in user engagement and usability. Taking the time to understand and fine tune very specific interactions can make your website feel alive.

Typically, micro interactions are used on clickable elements like buttons and navigation. However, experienced designers can go far beyond what is shown in the examples above.

The key is to not over-design these effects. Your intention should be to augment the user experience, not making it more complex.

Pro tip: Make a list of the most common interactions on your website and think about how an animation could improve the experience (e.g. Filling out a form)

New ways of displaying website copy

(examples: QuiverDinner for five, and Almanac)

Designers know that a wall of text won’t help visitor engagement.

For years, designers have been using whitespace, line spacing, and contrasting fonts to help users digest the message displayed on a website.

In 2019, designers are playing an even bigger role when it comes to communicating online by:

The biggest challenge is getting multiple stakeholders to agree on copy. The easiest way to get concise and powerful copy is by writing more and then reducing down to the essentials, instead of trying to come up with something perfect right away. 

Pro tip: When building a template or mockup, we’d recommend adding actual copy in your headlines. If you’re using Lorem Ipsum, the design could fall flat.

Authentic tones and textures

(examples: VIQMiel d'Anicet, and Openhouse)

Consumers want to stand behind authentic brands. Period.

In a recent study: “86 percent of consumers said authenticity is important when deciding what brands they like and support”.

Although this isn’t a new trend per se, its pervasiveness in web design is definitely increasing. Incorporating this trend into your designs might be easier than you think.

Here are a few tips:

Curated visuals

(examples: GILKAvocode, and Clubhouse)

A powerful illustration can communicate volumes and is more versatile than a photograph. Often when teams debate the choice of an image, certain members might favor lifestyle shots while other favor product shots. Illustrations can be a happy medium.

Here are a few additional benefits of curated visuals:

Pro tip: The more you know about your audience and the message you’re trying to convey, the easier it is for your team to curate the proper visual.

Retro / Outline type

(examples: Van Holtz CoOROS, and Tympanus)

Retro vibes have been slowly creeping back into the world of design.

Retro and outlined typography will be one of the most dominant web design trends of 2019. When well-executed, the outlines act as shapes, meaning the type plays a role in boosting your visual composition.

Often times, you will see the outlines interact with other elements of the page such as the background, images, or a simple hover effect. 

Pro tip: Although it might be harder from a technical point of view, avoid adding any copy as an image as this will affect your SEO. Use CSS and Javascript to create your styling and effects.

Geometric and organic shapes

(examples: theArtCenterPaper Tiger, and One Shared House)

Colorful shapes are being used on more and more of the top designed sites this year.

With continued improvements in web design technology, it’s become easier for designers to step outside the grid to express brand identity. Many designers are using circles, triangles, and rotated squares to draw users’ attention and communicate subtle messages about the brand.

Pro tip: Make sure to use shapes that represent your brand. For example, at PageCloud, we use circles for two reasons: 1. We don’t believe in being locked into a grid, typically represented by “squares”. 2. Circles represent the collaboration between designers, developers, and business owners.

Final thoughts

In the end, trends come and go. Some last for decades, while others are simply a flash in the pan. What matters is that you stay true to the brand that you design for.

Choose the trends that best align with company values. If something is said to be “on-trend”, it doesn’t mean that you have to adopt it. You need to choose the trends that are useful for making your designs more effective and impactful.

Feeling inspired? Design your new website today!

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Alexandra Mercier

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