ROUNDUP: The Future of Web Design

Modern Web Design Styles

SUMMARY & CONCLUSION:

 

At this point of our discussions on modern web design trends, we have already covered 30 style categories. Now we have reached the final destination; to draw some general conclusions based on these discussions.

 

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We know that technology has advanced a lot since the start of the 21st century. So has the web industry. The web has become increasingly more integrated into people's lives in recent years. It has led to significant changes in the way people access and utilize a website. Consequently, new web design trends and concepts have emerged. We have reached a point where sole web presence does not actually work. To be successful, the incorporation of a few features — such as usability, functionality, and dynamism — is essential. As already indicated in the introductory article, a modern web design includes most of the following features: Simplicity, Content-oriented, Interactive, Subtle colors, Customized typography, Parallax effects, and Responsive design. To summarize it, modern web design has become more straight-forward, simple, human, aesthetic, and above all functional. The usability weighs much more than before. As we know, the good news is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Thanks to the emergence of all new techniques, creating a website from scratch does not fit into a true definition of modern web technology. Even if you wish to entirely customize every single detail, it is still much easier than the way it was in the past.

 


The future of web design

 

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What about the future of web development? In which way is it heading? Considering the above interpretation of modern web design, I predict that the eventual new web design trends are going to address the same concepts. They will emphasize on simplicity, usability and even more content (call it message) hierarchy. I think the following design styles and features will be the dominant trends in the coming years.


  • Minimalism: I can say for sure that Minimalism is going to retain its position as a popular design trend, especially among many business owners, for many years to come. The challenge of Minimalism in modern web design is to maintain its integrity against the temptation made by the emergence of popular visual and interactive effects. As an important feature of a clean design, we will see even more white spaces in websites of the future generation.

  • Flat Design: Flat web design has been a favorite choice for a good while and I think it is going to be that way even in the years ahead. It is a design technique emphasizing minimum use of stylistic elements and provide users an eye-catching and engaging experience. Most importantly, it fulfills the speed requirements that search engines are demanding these days; it delivers information fast. In it’s most fundamental form, Flat design is very close to Minimalist style.

  • Parallax: We know that interactivity is an important element in modern web design. Parallax style is based on such a feature. As the visitor scrolls vertically or horizontally, an illusion of movement and dealing with live elements is created. Accordingly, an interaction materializes between the web page and the visitors. Parallax is a relatively new trend that is going to be a favorite choice even in the future, especially for business sites. The major drawback of this technique, like Flash, is that it usually takes a long time to load the content.

  • Big Photography Background: We know that anything which is big in size in a web page easily captures the visitor’s attention. Utilizing a big background image as a focal point in a website mainly belongs to modern web design. I think this trend is going to be popular even in the near future. My judgment is not only based on the fact that it has a modern look, but that the underlying informative message which these attention-grabbing images convey.

  • Typography: Along with form, color, texture, scale, and space; typography is classed as one of the basic elements of web design. It does not either fall in or out of favor, rather it has always been there. As mentioned before, big elements on web pages are eye-catching and invoke a user’s curiosity. This fact applies to over-sized typography as well. Therefore, it is safe to say that both Typography and Super-large Typography styles will continue to be still major trends in the future.

  • Grunge: Grunge style has been around for a while and I do not think that it is going to disappear anytime soon. It stands apart from other design trends by giving a web design a less uniform/structured layout; hence creating a fashionable unorthodox look which seems somehow old and worn out. It is not true that Grunge layouts cannot be controlled in web design. As a matter of fact, they can be incorporated into specially prepared grid layouts. If done properly, it will result in an terrific web design.

  • Desaturated and light colors: It is really hard to predict what colors are going to be the most common at any given time. However, desaturated and light colors will more than likely dominate the color palettes of new websites and mobile apps. Also, white and gray colors are expected to be used as the primary colors even more in the future.

 

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What about those web styles that do not seem to have a real chance of surviving in the coming years? I think the following trends are not going to belong to the future; at least not in a way that they are prevalent today.


Kitschy Skeuomorphs: Considering the fact that modern web techniques are pushing the boundaries of creativity — specifically regarding the usability and functionality features — superfluous Skeuomorph designs do not appear to be a realistic option. Although it seems to be somehow popular at the moment, this popularity is going to fade away over time. Based on the conception of association, this style utilizes visual items that remind the users of real life objects. It is mostly used in order to facilitate a user's transition into new mediums. However, web technology is established enough to not be considered a new medium anymore. Since the web technology is growing at a fast pace, web users — particularly the more experienced ones — are likely to find redundant skeuomorphs unnecessary and gaudy. Therefore, I do not believe that the future of web design incorporate a focus on pretentious skeuomorphic designs that we have seen a lot in recent years. If it happens to appear as a successful layout in the future, it has to be a completely innovative one.


Flash: As Mentioned Previously in discussion of this style, I am against a web design which entirely relies on the usage of Flash. I believe that web design is far more mature than being an animation program. This said, Flash — when utilized sparingly — can in some cases be justified as an effective web design technique. However, I do not think that there would be much of a future for Flash in web design. In view of the increasing need for rational content management and designs based on best practices, Flash is not the appropriate tool to be able to materialize these requirements. Furthermore, regarding the extensive usage of smartphones among the users, Flash does not just simply cut it. It does not have enough strength within the mobile environment. Additionally, Flash is not a good option for those who are concerned with its lack of SEO quality. Among the search engines, Google is the only one known to officially index Flash. Most experienced designers are aware of the Flash shortcomings and already try to seek other options like jQuery and HTML5.


To round up our notes on web design trends, the following list is presented. It is a summary of web style categories previously discussed. All images are clickable and will lead you to related articles. It goes without saying that web design technology has changed a lot over the years thanks to the evolution of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Nowadays, AI is taking the internet world by storm and rapidly transforming the future of web design trends as well. Consequently, I consider these articles as live documents, and going to successively update them based on my further studies. Enjoy your further reading and thank you for following us through these articles.

 

Minimalism Design Trend

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Photo-Realism Style

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Retro/Vintage Design

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Skeuomorphism in Web Design

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Flat Design

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Grid-based Design

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Minimalist Grid-based

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Breaking The Grid

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Parallax Effect Design

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Big Photo Background

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Typography Style

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Big Typography

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Handwritten Typography

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Transparency Web Design

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Grunge Style

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Texture & Pattern

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Illustration Design

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Animated Wbsites

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Collage Style

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Magazine-style Design

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3-D Effects Trend

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Watercolor Effects

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Ornamental Style

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Abstract Design

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Surrealist Style

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Nature-inspired Background

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Water-themed Background

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Image Navigation

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Flash Technique

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Modern Business

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