Unique Web Design Trends for 2021
2020 has been a very different year for us all. With hand sanitizer and awkward online meetings galore, it has had us all working in a less-than-ideal way. Design never stops though, we have been keeping an eye-out for which trends have been gracing our web pages into 2021. We hope this list allows you to approach the web with a more accessible and inclusive view as a whole.
Parallax scroll animations
This is a design trend that has been present for years, but but this past and coming year has seen more-subtle and also more-creative uses of parallax. Applying parallax too heavy- handed can cause vestibular disorders due to people incurring disorientation and dizziness.
Below are some ways in which designers have been taking into account when incorporating the effect without causing harm:
- Avoid letting parallax from distracting the user from important information
- Refrain from making it harder for users to complete their intended important task
- Less-is-more when it comes to the implementing the number of parallax effects
- Use only a small area of the screen and constrain the effect to only that part of the site
- Provide the ability to turn off parallax effects.
Not all parallax effects require grand-gestures across the screen when the user is scrolling. We are excited to see parallax used more subtly next year, more-so as a tool to highlight and emphasize important areas of the web page or content.
3D visuals everywhere
With the advancement of higher-resolution screens, 3D design has come along in strides since the days of blocky images and over-bevelled edges. High-quality 3D visuals have been becoming increasingly intertwined into Wigan web design, which are adding to the overall user-experience.
Dimensionality and uniqueness can be added to any web pages with the use of 3D elements.
Designs based on preference
Web development has been becoming a more-personal experience on a per-website basis more and more these days. Toggling between dark-mode and light-mode, as well as other ways a site’s navigation and appearance can be tailored to a specific user. Similar to how custom-playlists can be curated on a per-user basis.
New algorithms and design practices less-passive and more of a user-focused approach. The wants, tastes and needs of a user’s experience will be the future of navigating through websites.
A growing trend has been emerging where web designers are telling stories through web experiences. Scrollytelling has become a way of visual storytelling, which hooks you into a narrative and heightens the story as a whole.
Here are some applications of implementing scrollytelling to a user’s experience:
- Keeping motion within a small area
- Provide obvious play, stop and start animations in order to adhere to the user’s interaction preferences
- Prevent the user from being distracted by the scrollytelling experience by emphasizing the experience but not obnoxiously
Web inspired by print
Digital technology has replaced a variety of physical mediums and older media types.
Creating layouts that are inspired by from print allows for the ability to connect to something within the real-world when navigating through a website. Elements of traditional graphic design such as magazine-style layouts link the tactile nature of print on paper.
Looking-forward into 2021
It’s exciting to see how web-design continues to evolve and change. Shifting it’s momentum in various ways. The examples above are just a small part of trends that are being seen throughout the web, worldwide.
We are excited for the future and are looking forward to seeing designers of all types continue to improve and progress!