3 New Web Design Trends for 2020

Good web designers always try to adapt to the ever-changing web design trends. Web designers have strived to provide the optimal information people are searching for, quickly and effectively. The start of this new decade is no different. It’s undeniable, when comparing websites from a decade ago to those of today, that the industry is getting better at this. In 2020, we are seeing trends relating to extremes, reinventing previous styles and experiment with new techniques. Some things remain constant from last year such as minimalistic layouts and flat colourful graphics.

Below are some new web design trends for 2020:


Oversized Typography and Visual Elements

The trend we are seeing is the use of large font sizes, with great focus on being able to see text clearly and instantly. As well as text, there’s been a shift to use big and bold imagery, such as full screen banners, videos and oversized website menu option icons.

Large elements are eye-catching, and they help website visitors understand what the site’s all about instantly. To use this trend, it may be worthwhile to reduce the number of design elements you have on each page, because you must remember that too many large features all at once can feel excessive to the user and are unproductive.


Asymmetric Layouts and Elements

Over the years, there was great emphasis on symmetric and perfectly straight designs, with equal spacing. After seeing these precise graphics over the years, the big trend emerging is the use of imperfect, or almost hand-drawn design elements. These add a sense of emotion and realness into websites. Along with this, abstract geometric graphics and asymmetric shapes seem to be taking centre stage on the web to add that imperfect touch.

3D visuals have always been appreciated by people and are seen to be trending in web design also. This look can be developed using lightboxes, a parallax scrolling feature, or by cleverly layering up images, icons, video and other elements within the webpage is an appealing way to add depth to our 2D device screens.


Ample Whitespace

Whitespace, also known as negative space, refers to the blank areas on a web page in between the design elements. Its purpose is to give a spacious and balanced feel. Most commonly the colour white is used, hence the name, but it is also possible to use other colours or indeed difference background images. It includes the spacing between lines or columns of text, the space around each of the visuals, or the margins around the page. One could consider whitespace as an ineffective waste of space. But actually, whitespace can act as a breather area and increase readability, help in emphasising important design areas such as imagery, slogans and call-to-action forms or buttons. We’ll see whitespace growing in 2020, becoming more prominent to highlight adjacent images and typography. It is almost minimalistic but with the use of surrounding visual elements which are large and colourful.