Trends. The dictionary defines a trend as ‘a general direction in which something is developing or changing’ which basically in simpler terms, means they’re never going to stop evolving.
A few years ago Vine was one of the coolest social media channels. Now, it’s gone. And Artificial Intelligence, which was once only seen in sci-fi movies, is suddenly part of a regular person’s life. I mean I just literally looked up the definition of a trend by screaming ‘Hey Siri!’
The world is moving at a crazy pace and the only way you can keep up is if you slowly evolve with it. I mean, in the time of skinny jeans, you can’t still hold on to the bell bottoms of the 70’s!
Now web design trends, much like fashion trends or technology trends, can be quite unpredictable. We may want to evolve, but really have no idea how and what to do! And this is why we, at Greedeals, have decided to ask a few Web Design experts a simple question, so we can all have a better idea of what the future holds and prepare ourselves accordingly.
The question we sent out was:
How do you think Web Design Trends will change over the next 3 years?
And here are all of their answers. Enjoy!
|Andy Sowards||Atish Ranjan||Benjamin Koehler|
|Brandon Johnston||Brian Jackson||Chen Hui Jing|
|Jacob Cass||Montgomery Peterson||Ravi Chahar|
|Roel Manarang||Samantha Zhang||Srish Agrawal|
|Zac Johnson||Vladimir Gendelman|
“It will just be an experience that has blended into the background”
“I believe the trend of simplification will continue to take over – in the next 3 years I think designs on the web will be very simple and just blend into the background – so much so that we don’t even really notice we are using a website anymore in the traditional sense – it will just be an experience that has blended into the background. We go to sites to get information, items, or to accomplish a goal – it will be a seamless experience. In turn the entire web will become that – an experience to be had. I doubt this will happen in the next 3 years but eventually I can imagine virtual reality playing a big role on the web and continue the seamless integration that has already started. What will definitely stick around though are SVG Illustrations, Animations that facilitate user experience, and mobile app like user interfaces – I personally can’t wait to see what the next 3 years holds!”
“Focus will be more on the main content rather than other stuff.”
“Predicting Web Design Trends for next 3 years would be tough because there are advancements coming every month. Below are a few trends in the web design that you will see next:
1. Focus will be more on the main content rather than other stuff.
2. Gif/Animation usage will be increased as people are preferring animated images to show their expressions nowadays. So, same can be seen in web design industry.
3. Landing page will be given more preference than Home page. I mean website owners will try to make their landing page more attractive to grab the attention of users.
4. Responsive design is already there but it will improve more in next few years with different technological advancements.
5. More beautiful and bold typography might be being used in next few years.
6. Google’s Material Design has been there since long but it will be taken more seriously in next 3 years.
There might be many more Web design trends we will see in the next 3 years. These are few that I think of.”
“The main thing for Web Design in 2020 will be: Efficiency.”
“Today we have websites, that are full of effects and elements, bright colours, scroll effects, hover effects, animations, videos, parallax effects, big shadows, small shadows, sound effects, music and many more attention seekers. I think we’re soon at the point where our senses are overstimulated. At that point we come back to clear, functional and structured designs. Our time is more precious and we don’t have time for effects and animations. We want information fast and without detours. We don’t want to read white text on a yellow background, we want plain text for high readability. The main thing for Web Design in 2020 will be: Efficiency.”
“I would pay attention to what WordPress and other site builders are implementing into their own businesses.”
“Over the past 10 years, the internet and concept of web design have completely changed. In the past, you would need to design your own website, upload through FTP and hire a graphic designer to create something original for your site. Now you can use platforms like WordPress or any top drag-and-drop site builder, all without ever needing to touch a line of code or uploading any content. With such tools and solutions in place, I think this is the future of site creation and site design — which is also making it extremely easy for just about anyone to get started with a site of their own. It’s not just about going live with a site, it’s also able being able to customize how it looks and displays content for your audience. I keep a steady eye on the future of site design, I would pay attention to what WordPress and other site builders are implementing into their own businesses.”
“I think we will continue to see the “less is more” trend grow over the next decade.”
“We are already seeing huge shifts in design as many go more and more minimalist. And not just bloggers, even fortune 500 companies and huge news publications are simply stripping out more and more elements when they do redesigns. I think we will continue to see the “less is more” trend grow over the next decade. Many sites are ditching sidebars altogether for better conversion rates and big brands such as Github and Medium are now using local system font stacks for better performance.
There is always a fine line between performance and design and I think we are seeing designers and developers working closer together to achieve a site that is both fast and looks great. And of course, with minimal designs this actually makes these goals easier.”
Chen Hui Jing
“The rate of adoption will pick up over the next 3 years and we will be able to see web designs that are a lot more interesting than just stacked rectangles.”
“I think that browsers are more capable than ever when it comes to laying out content. We’ve come a long way since table-based layouts and floats. Flexbox is already supported in over 90% of browsers while Grid, which had officially shipped in most major browsers back in March 2017, is already supported in over 60% of browsers. The evergreen browser development model has allowed browser vendors to ship futures and fix bugs faster than ever.
I believe that as developers start to get used to the idea that it is okay to adopt newer features, the rate of adoption will pick up over the next 3 years and we will be able to see web designs that are a lot more interesting than just stacked rectangles.”
“Hopefully we can break away from the the boxy grid look, while making web design accessible for all, not just professional designers/developers.”
“Wow, 2020 just sounds far away but it is only just 3 years.
Although the web design industry is evolving at a rapid rate, it’s very much still in its infancy so over the next few years we’re going to see a lot more experimentation, with older technologies fading out and newer ones coming in.
Hopefully we can break away from the the boxy grid look, while making web design accessible for all, not just professional designers/developers.”
“I think we will continue to see more responsive websites, improved plugins for optimization and also a move towards fewer distractions on website.”
“Site design is always going to play an important role online and through the use of WordPress, I think we will continue to see more responsive websites, improved plugins for optimization and also a move towards fewer distractions on websites. This is also great for newbie and non-techie site owners and bloggers, as the last thing we want to deal with is messing around with code or graphic design. Let the experts at WordPress and trusted hosting companies focus on making your site performance the best as possible while making sure you simply use a reliable WordPress theme in the process.”
“People need something dynamic and the design of a website would be shifted more towards using the dynamic elements.”
“Web design has become more like a newly-wedded girl who is appealing to everyone. People are more about fluidic designs which are mobile responsive.
In the next three years, it will be a necessity to everyone. People are building and securing their brand in this online world. Even a small retailer, an author, a stay at home parent, working moms, teenagers and everyone is trying to start a blog to showcase their built-in talent.
It’s not about static design anymore. People need something dynamic and the design of a website would be shifted more towards using the dynamic elements.
Nowadays, WordPress theme designers are focusing on providing the themes which have the animation components. Haven’t you seen those lines flying like a butterfly?
Though people are not really good with the fast loading design now but in the next 3 years, web designers will understand the need. Apart from a better design, you would get a clean coded website.”
“WordPress would still be one of the most powerful site platforms to choose when building a website.”
“I believe that in the next three years, having a Growth-driven approach to web design would be the number one choice for site design investments and will provide more results.
Just like in marketing, traditional approach in website design is broken. Most websites that are custom made are built mostly on opinions and hypothesis, harder to maintain, takes very long to create, and have a huge investment in time and money.
However, on a growth-driven approach, you can build and have a website in just a few days and continually optimize, improve, or design it based on your site users behavior.
I also think that WordPress would still be one of the most powerful site platforms to choose when building a website.”
“Web design will be even accessible to the mass.”
“* In the past 5 years, we went from designing for interfaces to interactions. In 2020, web designers will continue to have a more holistic view and impact on the web experience.
* Tools will be invented to help designers express and deliver on those high-level, dynamic, interactive ideas.
* Web design will be more programmatic. Designers will focus more on components and how to organize components in any given context, rather than going through each common cases and aim for the top 80%.
* Machines will code web pages, and designers will think more systematically. The line between designer and developer will be very blurry, maybe even disappear.
* As websites become modular and systematic, a new set of website maker tools (like SquareSpace and Wix today) will be introduced to the market. Web design will be even accessible to the mass.”
“Shift towards more advanced UX features, while also making sure all content is loading as fast and effectively as possible”
“Web design is extremely important and something we focus on daily. Knowing the future of web design and where it’s headed in the coming months is key to the success of both our company and our clients. What we are seeing lately is a shift towards more advanced UX features, while also making sure all content is loading as fast and effectively as possible through mobile and tablet devices. We are also seeing brands that want to have a fancy and more advanced look and feel of their website when viewed through desktops while having a more simple look and feel for their mobile audiences. In the coming years, I’m sure we will continue to see this method take place for nearly all websites, blogs and brands as mobile continues to increase year over year.”
“A shift from complex and advanced site designs to more minimalistic and less distraction.”
“Over the next several years we are going to continue to see a shift from complex and advanced site designs to more minimalistic and less distraction. This will ultimately be a result of more people using mobile devices and tablets to access websites and online content. With less viewing space and navigation options, it’s important to make sure the best content of your site is easily accessible and viewed across all devices. At the same time, Google will continue to rank sites that load fast and provide the best user experience. Keeping both of these concepts in mind, that is where I feel the future of site design is headed. “
In the future, as mobile devices continue to grow in popularity, there will be an even larger emphasis on responsive design, ensuring that websites will work seamlessly across all platforms. It’s also likely that for some users, apps will become more popular than mobile sites. It’s hard to predict the specifics (especially since there will be plenty of experimentation at play), but that’s what makes it so exciting.
And that’s it!
We hope you’ve enjoyed the blog and were able to get a better understanding of the future of web design trends 🙂
A huge thanks to all of the experts for taking the time out of their busy lives to answer our question! You’ve all given amazing answers which are super helpful!
And a big thanks to all of you too for checking out the blog! Let us know in the comments if you’ve liked it or if you’ve got your own predictions for what the future of web design holds 🙂