Web Development Design Trends: Flat Design
The web design landscape is changing at an alarming rate. New trends and technologies come and go faster than we can keep up with them, but a few things remain the same. Here’s our top ten list of web development trends that will make or break your website in 2021.
1. Web design trends that will be popular in 2021
Web design trends are constantly changing as technology evolves and new innovations are introduced. Here are some of the web design trends that will be popular in 2021:
- Single page websites
- Large background images
- More focus on simplicity
- Big typography
- More interactive websites
2. Web design trends that will fade away in the next 5 years
It’s important to stay up to date with web design trends in order to give your clients the best experience possible, but it’s also important to pay attention to what’s going to fade away and what’s here to stay. In the next 5 years, these are the web design trends that will fade away…
Flat design (we’ll still use skeuomorphic, but flat is no longer the new trendy color). This was the most watched and talked about design trend of 2020. Flat design was typically a flat color palette with no shadows, no gradients, and flat typography. Gone are the shades of blue and the depth of gradients. “Flat design has an emphasis on usability. The use of flat element types eliminates barriers to workflow in order to allow faster and more efficient operations,” explains CoSchedule. Instead of gradient, your typography can have a consistent color and it makes the labeling area that much easier to scan, press, and collect.
Color palettes were pretty standard with flat designs.
In fact, imagine if design had been this simple in the past. Then, it would’ve worked. Online stores could’ve had flat edges, flat colors for the same reason, and we could’ve added a vertical scrollbar. The entire standard layout is built to be complete and useful. The reason for the shift away from flat design is due to its main aesthetic weakness: It’s very impersonal. It doesn’t bring the same buzz or energy make other design schemes do. While some flat designs are decent, typically tasks have specific colors, gradients, outlines, and shapes that have been designed. There’s a specific purpose to the design and whatever additions or changes are made aren’t as flashy or main-vibe as what’s implemented in skeuomorphism or flat design.
Instead of color, design is now made with the open web in mind.
After working on it for a while, your mind tells you to use these flat colors like blue and white — the same colors you see every day.
3. Web design trends that will change but still be relevant in 2021
Flat design is here to stay. Flat design is a trend that started in the early 2010s, but it’s something that’s still here. Flat design is basically the opposite of skeuomorphic design, which is the process of making things look like they do in real life. Flat design is about making things look like they do on paper. Flat design is inherently more successful in two areas: first, it’s easier for people to make things look aesthetically pleasing. Second, flat design is a lot less distracting than skeuomorphic design. Developers who use flat design principles are less bothered by visual clutter and can focus more on what their users actually want to see: content. Your life may feel a little less cluttered if you want to stare at Twitter upside down now and then (after snapping that novel you’re reading).
More recently, flat design has transitioned to what’s called flat UI, which means making applications more user-friendly without changing the way they work. Instead, developers are making it easier to work with the web. They’ve also turned it into a profitable business.
It makes perfect sense that flat design is making a comeback because back in 2017, some of the most popular sites in the world all went flat. Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat all switched that same interface design to flat or at least themed it like a toddler did when she wanted to show off her glitter teeth. LogoFlat, a collaborative site aimed at teaching design principles, has more than 3 million users.
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