5 website trends for 2019

Web Design trends for 2019

Chris Hughbanks Web Design

Web Design trends for 2019 really has become about the need for speed, SEO and break from the boring. Emerging this year has been an ever growing need to stand out, instead of looking like a cookie cutter template site. Around 2015, mobile searches out took desktop searches, so websites need to look phenomenal function well and load fast in order to gain and keep website traffic and convert that traffic to conversions and sales. Here are 5 web design trends for 2019 that you need to know.

The brief list 

  • Mobile First Design
  • Website Load time
  • Flat Web Design
  • Asymmetrical Layouts
  • Organic Shapes

The 2019 Webdesign Trends  Breakdown

Mobile first design and thinking.

This to me transcends the word trend. The reason is pretty simple. Trends come and go but mobile first design and thinking is the full direction of where the internet is going. Like I have mentioned before over 50% off all searches happen now on a mobile device. So when we design or optimize a client’s websites, the first thing we look at is how the site looks on a mobile device.

Website Load time.

Your website needs to load fast, like under 3 seconds fast. This is really not hard to understand. Most are not patient enough to stand around and wait for a site to load. I know I am not. So why ask your viewers to wait over 3 seconds? It does not matter if you have a beautiful site if no one sticks around to see it. It will cost you in revenue.

Pro tip: Explore image compression options like WP Smush or Save for Web option in Photoshop to compress your images while not loosing too much on image quality.

Flat Web Design 

Flat design is considered minimalist designs, or flat designs, are quick loading which is great for SEO and user experience. Flat design doesn’t mean that everything is reduced down to two dimensions — it’s all about minimalism and usability. It’s a design aesthetic that gets rid of clutter and focuses on the important parts of your website. Utilizing bright colors, clean and crisp edges, and lots of open space. Flat design is a “sum of its parts” type of design that instead of a lot of imagery and heavy data, can take a simple illustration or image, the right amount of data with a san serif font and make an engaging website.

Asymmetrical Layouts

For almost a decade now, web designs were grid-based designed that looked symmetrical and balanced. The concept of the grid in design terms is an imaginary plane with horizontal and vertical lines, used to help layout elements on the page or screen. The problem with that is the internet is now littered with this design, making them all look the same, boring and tired.  Now we are beginning to see designers break outside of the standard grid more and more. This helps designers have more creative freedom with their work and create another level of hierarchy on a page. If there is a certain section of the webpage the designer wants to call attention to, using an asymmetrical layout can help bring attention in a natural way.

 

Organic/hand-drawn shapes.

In also another attempt to break up from our boring past selves, some designers are using organic shapes that are irregular and uneven, in an approach to appear more hand-drawn and humanistic. With their unusual appearance, these can be used to grab a user’s attention and add a personable touch to your site. Combining this with an illustration or image, they can also really add a nice level of depth to your website as well.

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