Carrying on from last week’s post, today we’re going to discuss the different trends in web design we absolutely love. Some of these trends are already mainstays, and with good reason; they’re simply brilliant. And others are emerging and well worth thinking about incorporating into your website, especially if you’re wanting a fresh redesign to bring it up to a more modern standard.
This one tops the list for me as a personal choice. I absolutely love Dark Mode on a website and it’s really great to see a lot of websites are offering visitors a choice between light and dark modes usually by utilising a switch that will change the CSS for a visitor. As someone who uses a Chrome extension to do this kind of thing (which tends to be a bit hit or miss, depending on the website), it is a very welcome design trend.
Last week, I said that a website having too many fonts is a bad idea. It’s true and a statement I will stand by. That being said, having a well thought out bold font will be enough to make sure that your headings are eye-catching and able to convey the message you want to get across in a clear fashion. Take some time to really do some research on the font you wish to use.
A minimalist design approach to your website can reflect an ultra-cool modern feel. Gone are the days where clutter was king and websites were a mishmash of ill-fitting images, videos and hit-counters. Minimalist design not only allows your website to have a fresh feeling, but can even help with performance with reduced loading times and a seamless transition to variable screen sizes. And speaking of performance…
This is another trend that’s been around for a while, but it’s also one that’s constantly evolving due to changes in technology. Back when 56k dial-up internet was the norm, image-heavy websites took a long time to load unless the images were compressed. As better network connections were created allowing for faster speeds which meant that better-quality images and videos could be used on a website without having to worry too much about load times. These days, optimising a website for performance is good for not only having a successful website (most visitors do not wait longer than 3 seconds for a page to load before clicking away), it can also help your SEO out a lot.
Accessibility has always been something that should be considered when it comes to web design. As usage of the Internet becomes more of a constant in people’s everyday lives, designers need to think of ways in which to ensure that more people are able to use the websites they create. This could be simple things such as using functional alt tags in their images (which also really helps boost a website’s SEO), clear focus indicators or using colour correctly.