Web design Trends for 2018
This blog post is about predicted trends in web design for 2018. 2017 saw many advancements, including the mobile usage, finally overtaking desktop browsing. This means 2018 is going to have to fully utilise mobile functionality in ways we’ve never seen before while desktops must continue to evolve to stay relevant. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at some notable web design trends coming poised to take over in 2018.
A microinteraction originates from mobile apps and has been slowly moving on to the web. These work like animated responses to user behaviours. Such as somebody clicking a button or hover to animate a drop-down. A good example of this being used on a website can be viewed here, and a screenshot is shown below.
More Support for Widescreen
Everybody is focusing on the responsive web design trend but this does not only focus on tablets and mobile. There is a a drive towards widescreen support, which means websites are responsive to screens wider than 1440px in width. So basically the website will fill the whole screen and not just have a lot of blank space on the sides. One of the most notable websites that supports this dribble.
Asymmetry and brutalism inspired free-form
Recently with a rise of such design expressions as brutalism and bolder visual fragments, it became useful. There are a few great examples of asymmetry in web design, but all of them intentionally disrupt otherwise static design, and direct user attention point-to-point much more effectively.
Custom Illustration and animations
One of the first notable companies to adopt illustration on their website was Dropbox and this is a drive toward the trend of using custom illustration for websites. The use of illustration is setting a tone for a brand and also adds to the playfulness of their content. A good example of this is Dropbox with their new redesign.
Creating more space with split page design
Dividing a page into two parts allows you to group content into semantic areas. This means less scrolling for users and is a more interesting approach as the viewer gets to see twice the amount of content on the screen at the same time with the UI/UX of the website being disrupted. A good example of this is the thalida.com website.