I was wanting to put together a showcase that featured some design trends, and began to wonder which ones I felt would have longevity. I poured through the different rising and pervading trends, struggling to don my prognosticating perspective and choose a few that I just knew would be sticking around. I realized in this feeble attempt to foresee the days to come, that it was just that…feeble, and also, fruitless. So I decided instead, to showcase four of my favorite web design trends. Since these are such popular trends right now you will see some overlap in the different showcases. Perhaps their popularity is the key to how long these trends will linger, I guess only time will tell.
Personalization and Hand Drawn Elements
It is no wonder that this first one has caught on, and taken off the way that it has, especially when it comes to blog designs, and it is because of the way that the website surfers have responded to it. Readers like to feel a personal connection with the author of the blog and designing your theme with a personalized touch is a perfect way to add to that feeling.
I am not saying the death of the grunge is nigh or upon us, or anything to that effect. In fact, I happen to still be quite a fan of the rough and punk feel of grunge graphics and illustrations, however, there is a trend that moves in a slightly opposite direction. Vector illustrations are an extremely popular web design trend, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. They have the ability to add a lot of color and style to a site while still keeping it really clean and sleek looking, so once again, their popularity is easily understood.
Paper and Collage Effects
Having explored the art of collage in my traditional art, seeing the trend towards bringing that feel to the web is one that I am overly excited to see. To be honest, this is one of my favorite trends of the moment. Digitizing a bit of real world elements into the vast cyber sea, using paper, sticky notes, paper clips, thumbtacks, and coffee stains all collaged together to create some really appealing layouts.
As a bit of a tree hugger, I do enjoy seeing this final trend that I am showcasing, and fondly hope that it sticks around for a while. The use of wood elements in web design, which is a fairly new trend that is starting to take off, is the one I am speaking of. This versatile element can be used to achieve so many different styles from grungy to elegant. One could say it’s a natural. Get it? Cause, wood is from nature, so…nevermind, it’s a hippie joke.
Now it’s your turn to tell us what some of your favorite trends of the moment are. And if you feel like it, link to some of your favorite examples as well.