Illustrated Web Design Style
Analysis & Showcase:
Drawings and illustrated items can really bring a web design to life. Illustration is a broad term that can be applicable to a few artistic techniques. likewise, Illustrated websites can be varied based on the applied technique. Before we go further in the discussion of this style, an explanation of the terms drawing and illustration seems needed. In art terminology, there is a distinction between drawing and illustration. In its extremist interpretation, drawing is art and illustration is not art. According to this argument, drawing, as a Fine Art, is self-expression; a service to the artist’s own pipe dream. The drawer is completely independent from outside pressure and enjoys complete freedom to do exactly what he/she has in mind. On the other hand, illustration is considered as a profession; a talented productive process that is ultimately a service for a client.
However, in web design community there is no such a distinction between these two terms; they are interchangeably used. Illustration refers to different design elements such as large illustrated backgrounds and images, hand drawn icons/sketches/fonts, or computer-drawn figures. To these elements has to be naturally added watercolor effects as well. Nevertheless, I am going to discuss it individually under Watercolor Effects web style. I do so because of the following reasons. Firstly, Illustrated elements can be used in practice in other web design trends like Retro, Nature-Inspired, Grunge, etc. So we have already an extensive subject to deal with. Secondly, there are subsequently a huge amount of interesting layouts with different motifs in illustrated category out there to handle. So it seems somehow necessary to break down the subject in order to attain a manageable presentation. Finally, Watercolor Effect designs have a special look and touch that makes them deserved to be treated under a separate category.
Illustrated web design style has been a popular trend for a while. It is a great approach in order to give a website a unique and personal look. When utilized properly, illustrated elements lend both a personality and a relaxed feeling to a layout. By giving a human touch to a design, it evokes the visitor’s curiosity and engagement. Additionally, since drawing is a creative activity by definition, its integration into a website’s design is an effective way to present information to a curious audience on the web. The diversity of this design is only limited by the designer’s imagination. This style can be applied by using either hand-drawing or vector-based imagery technique. Illustrated web design has been used by many public organizations as well as businesses. Being associated with creativity and inspiration, this style is above all utilized by artists and web designers who want to present their works in portfolio layouts. In fact, the illustrations used in these websites can reflect the style of the writers or artists.