September 27, 2017

It is quite common among designers to believe that following trends is a crucial part of their job. Being constantly up to date is seen as mandatory. Many designers evaluate the work of others through a prism of trends – tagging something as old can be seen as an insult, as if not fitting the most recent style would automatically make the whole project less valuable.

However, there are reasons to follow the trends. Visiting websites such as Awwwwards, FWA or CSS Design awards may inspire you and as a result, help you to venture outside of your design habits. You can learn about the new visual worlds, which you can then integrate with your graphic language. Watching the work of others helps you to keep on improving your skills while being up to date when it comes to the latest technologies.

In the last year or two, it has become noticeable that many designers are trying to move away from simple and closed compositions. More and more open styled, seemingly chaotic, “broken” and cut compositions are being created. The previously worshipped grid lost its importance and its rules were deliberately and consciously bent. Content started to be shifted, seemingly moved, its parts sometimes overlapped and intermingled.

A great role in this process is played by the evolution of Canvas and WebGL. Modern projects are often a bit confusing, less intuitive than the minimalist ones, but they make a really strong, lasting impression on users. What else is waiting for us in web design in 2017? Check out the rest of my predictions.

Open Composition
Until recently the design world was dominated by compositions which were closed, symmetric and static. With 2016 came a lot of websites that strayed from this style. Open compositions of loosely suspended elements that are fleeing somewhere off screen are rapidly gaining popularity – good examples of these kind of websites can be seen at romainsd.com, durimel.io or booneselections.com. Distribution of elements on these websites gives the impression that they still exist somewhere beyond the edge of the monitor.

2016 also broke the rule of symmetry, which dominated the industry for quite a long time. Many designers created asymmetric layouts which are not perfectly balanced on the left and right sides. As examples, I would like to show you a great website called culture.pl, a chaotic data-data.net and the previously mentioned durimel.io

Greater Diversity
Designers created more dynamic compositions that have larger amounts of intersecting diagonal lines, good examples of this include poigneedemainvirile.com, vanderlanth.io or residente.com/en.

So, these were a few different website trends to keep an eye out for in 2017, does your website look like any of these websites, or is it “old”? We can help, just check out our website design page to find out all the information you need.

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