Best Trends in Web Design for 2020

Best Trends in Web Design for 2020

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Dark Mode

An interactive mobile apps and websites color scheme, mindful of your native OS settings and showing you either a light or a dark theme of the site.

Some web design agencies had started adopting a dark manual mode years ago. For those night owls who favored a dark web interface, it was a simple control switch at one of the corners of the websites. Following the recent addition of dark mode on Android, Windows and Apple devices, major native applications on mobile and desktop have adopted a complementary dark theme (or light one, depending on their default).

Color Gradients

Gradients, the progressive transition from one hue to the next. Gradients were used to build (semi)-realistic environments, before flat design dominated digital interfaces. Several years ago, with the rise of flat design, a transition seems to occur from pure flatness to gradient-infused designs, again showing some depth. In addition, the gradient trend applies to typography, in which the font color is set to a gradient; this also pushes the web to make full use of this effect for bolder and larger typography.

There is no web technology in particular that makes the gradients more attractive. Gradients were possible as backgrounds, fonts and on elements with good support before.

Frosted Glass

The effect of frosted glass is the semi-transparent and blurred appearance of elements behind another. It was initially introduced via Windows Aero on a large scale to the Windows user interface. It was later adopted by Apple and major app developers for their OS and apps as well. It has been a very rare occurrence so far, but you will also see this nifty-looking impact on the web gradually. Current common uses are those for image navigation bars or text backdrops.

This effect had to be simulated in an elaborate way on the web which made implementation difficult. However this is now supported in most modern browsers with the new stylesheet property backdrop-filter. It’s also modern-looking and with half-transparent, strong backgrounds, elegant fallback is easily possible.

3D Elements

Big, graphics and videos similar to cinema. Some are actual 3D renderings and others are interactive videos playing with your scrolling. The common ground lies in Internet media sophistication to catch your attention.

This is more of a gradual evolution than a pattern in the technical sense. With the ability of cheap smartphones to reproduce high-definition videos and 3D renderings at this time and the web becoming more mature, web designers and developers have the opportunity to use technologies like this without worrying about the failure of the playback and the need to build fallbacks around it.

Horizontal Scrolling

Horizontal scrolling of otherwise breaking elements to the next line. Especially on the mobile, where there is limited horizontal space, we are seeing an increase in web designs using non-breaking lists that need to be scrolled horizontally for more content.

No particular technology is responsible for progressing, this seems to be a change coming from the need to have plenty of content on a small screen. Horizontal scrolling, without having to scroll down arbitrarily long to get to the next segment, allows you to tease the material. This can be seen on the web as a change in UX, particularly because gestures like these are already popular in native apps.

Out-of-the-Box Designs

Grid-like configurations on the grid elements usually with transformations, rotations, overlaps, and minor deviations.

Grid and flexbox technologies are responsible for grid-like design, both of which are practically accepted in all the modern browsers.

Designers are already trying to break out of the obvious grid pattern, with parts placed on top of each other by asymmetric elements and overlaying. The help needed for safe production use is not too long ago, in reality both methods of layout still have features in active development (such as subgrids, flex-gap and space-even). We should expect web designers and developers to pursue more cases of use with potential creative variations as this is a new development in terms of the web.