The internet has changed a lot over the years. People talk a lot about how the internet has been consolidated into just a few sites, but even how these sites look and operate have changed a lot very quickly.
Gone are the AOL and Geocities days when all websites were just simple text on a nice background and if you were lucky there’d be a few entertaining GIFs floating around. Now we have entire firms dedicated to web design to allow webmasters to make their websites as visually appealing and responsive as possible. For a lack of a better term, websites are a lot less “flat” than they used to be and some websites now are more advanced than top of the line video games were fifteen years ago.
These trends are always shifting though, and here’s what 2019 has to offer in the web design sphere:
Enhanced Image Depth
Before, images were simple .jpgs and .pngs thrown around to make a website just a tab more interesting. But in modern times web designers are using images to give a much wider feeling of depth and perspective than what was offered in the past. A website can end up looking like it has a texture, despite what the flat screen of your computer might suggest. Certain elements on the web page are made much more prominent by making them seem closer to the viewer than other parts of the content, allowing people to draw attention to the main parts of their site much more easily.
Moving Away From Boxed In Content And Straight Lines
In the old days of the internet content was pretty much pigeonholed into specific places that were easy to find, but kind of artificial at the end of the day. There’s a huge focus on organic design that doesn’t focus on everything being made up of drab squares and rectangles. If the site of this Sydney based web designer is any indication, 2019 is a time for the shedding of what seem like limitations on a web page. Instead of a web page just being something that begins and ends, web design is moving towards the idea that you’ve found a site drifting among the vast sea of information that is the internet, with no harsh beginnings or ends.
A Return To Simplicity
The explosion in what was possible with web design in the years from 2012-2016 resulted in a lot of web pages that tried to cram in as many interesting features as possible into a single page in the hopes that it would give the impression that the site is on the cusp of digital trends. Now, designers are eschewing quantity to focus more on quality. This means that now there is a lot more white space on a web page that isn’t occupied by any sort of content, picture, text, or otherwise, to the point where what isn’t there is almost as important to the site’s identity as what is. Content sticks out in these empty spaces, and some users appreciate not being inundated with information the second they open a website.
New Ways To Navigate
The header and the sidebar have long been the web designer’s holy grail for allowing users to navigate their way into every nook and cranny of a website. But that is quickly becoming old hat as web designers are turning how to navigate a site into a part of the site itself. Apps with comprehensive navigation are in part responsible for this trend, and we now have sites coming out that can be navigated entirely from a single webpage, as well as much more sophisticated ways to get around a website.
Breaking The Rules Of Header Boundaries
Anything that can be viewed on the page of a website without having to scroll is referred to as “above the fold” content, of which a header is always prominent. Typically, headers have been made smaller so more content can be displayed before a user has to scroll, hoping to gain their attention with as minimal effort from the user as possible. But now websites are experimenting with how their headers work and just where they begin and end. Some headers will display much more content or a site slogan once they have been moused over, and some headers are being made exceedingly prominent as opposed to a background feature meant to be used once a visitor is already committed to browsing around.
It just goes without saying that the internet will always evolve and what is considered fashionable on a web page or even possible will always change. 2019 is a year that proves this point exquisitely and the sheer variety of web design options are staggering. There’s an ever increasing need to stand out on the internet, and web designers are stepping up to the plate to satisfy the needs of website users worldwide.