Website Design is one of the fastest growing mediums in the world, with more and more young people getting into coding and designing due to the growing demand for such a job. As a result of this, more and more designs and variations on how to do a website are becoming available to everybody. 10 years ago, every website looked the same, just with a different color scheme for each, nowadays you can get thousands of varying themes for WordPress JUST based on minimal design or JUST based on white-space.
With the rapidly growing industry, we are seeing some Web Design trends get completely forgotten. The reasons for this are simple: this is a new generation of web design that relies on new technologies and has new fashionable and trendy designs to use. Websites are cleaner than ever, websites are quicker than ever and websites are more beautiful than ever. So let’s get into 5 web design trends to say goodbye to.
Remember when websites used to have many different-looking buttons, they used to have 3d menus that glittered and technical things flew across the screen if you did certain things. Well that is certainly a thing of the past now. We live in a web design age, where simplicity and especially minimalism are key to creating a good-looking and fast functioning website. Expect to see a lot more space on your screen, expect to see just the content you want to see and not many ads, many buttons and many useless graphics. Making websites simpler also makes it easier when it comes to transferring your website to mobile… and that’s very important.
Speaking of transferring to mobile. One thing you’ll do well to find these days is a website that is desktop-only and doesn’t have an equivalent version for mobile. Gone are the days when you www.m.something.com to take you to a special mobile website. Now are the days when web design is responsive; watch the website as you make your window smaller on your desktop, it’ll likely transfer into a little mobile website if you get it small enough. Desktop-only sites not intelligent, in a world where billions of people own smartphones and access the internet on them, making a website that only works on desktops and laptops does not make sense.
We are definitely living in the world of media. More than ever we are seeing more and more photos and videos being uploaded to social media posts, we are seeing businesses utilise media to advertise companies, but most importantly here, we are seeing websites fully utilise width and space to allow for the most beautiful representation of your media. Stock photos allowed you to fill a certain area of your page with a photo you’d bought that everyone can use. These days, website designers hire a photographer to take shots for them, then pay for this. It’s a service that may cost more, but results in better and more personal images for your website than stock imagery.
Okay, so it may be a bit of a general assumption to say goodbye to Serif fonts as they are still used for some titles, but we are definitely seeing a lot less of them over the recent years. Companies are favourite much more towards thin and clean sans-serif fonts such as Helvetica-Neue, Roboto and such. This is actually easier for your readers to view, makes your website look cleaner and results in a general more modern look. It’s definitely something that we should expect to see more websites incorporating. Maybe less about the disappearance of Serif fonts and more about the disappearance of bold fonts.
Finally, a trend that is really taking the internet by storm is the use of a single scroll page. This is a page in which you do have a menu at the top of the page, but instead of it taking you to multiple different pages, it simply scrolls you down the landing page to the relevant point. This makes a lot of sense for most websites, it allows your users to access all the information on one page, it allows a cleaner and more logical navigation of your website. It also opens up the potential for the use of great technologies such as parallax scrolling and interaction design.