5 Web Design Trends for 2018

With almost mid of the year 2018, let's dive into few of the web design trends of this year that were in limelight and used widely by the web designers.

Take a quick glance at the recent websites, you will fill a great change in recent designs, redesigns and even just design tweaks. Few distinct trends are starting to emerge as the front-runners heading of the year 2018. Here’s a quick look at some of the web design trends that that became popular during the first few months of the year, and may continue to remain popular for the rest of the year.

1. Split Screen Desktop, Stacking Mobile

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Split-screen design patterns are only growing in popularity. Even the more perfectly split styles.

These designs are so popular because they provide great experiences on both desktop screens and mobile devices because the split content displays side-by-side and stacked equally well. (That way there’s a consistent, but device-specific experience for users.)

While many early split-screen designs were truly split, many designers are opting for a split screen, plus an additional top layer with text or branding to provide an effect that has more depth.

2. Fluid Shapes

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While sharper poly shapes and geometry were big in 2017, softer shapes with a more fluid look and even animations are gaining popularity.

Smoother lines are a natural progression of the polygon trend. When Design Shack featured the poly shapes trend earlier this year, the description read “one of the best parts of this versatile trend is that each of these designs is so different. … Polygons are typically flat, two-dimensional shapes, although in website projects some polygons animate move and seem to have more 3-D characteristics.”

The same characteristic hold for more fluid shapes; the key difference is that instead of sharp intersecting lines, each shape is made of smooth curves that flow throughout the design.

3. Asymmetrical Grids

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The age of perfect symmetry is over. While split screen designs were a big trend in 2017, that perfect half-and-half visual outline is evolving.

Designers are splitting the visual elements on the screen with a more asymmetrical grid pattern.

To make this concept work, there needs to be a distinct balance of elements so that one side of the design isn’t overpowering. Space and text elements often balance visuals to help draw the eye across the design.

And it all comes together because the designs still live on a grid, which helps keep everything organized. (The elements in the Club of the Waves design, above, is organized in such a manner which is why the asymmetrical design feels so balanced.)

4. White Space Without Minimalism

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Designers love white space. (Plenty of us also love minimalism … even if clients don’t love it so much.)

The compromise is designing with plenty of white space, but with a much less minimalistic feel. By adding more color and design elements to a design with a lot of space, it can feel more full.

Design Calendar does a great job using space and packing it with content and elements at the same time – make sure to click on the example and scroll through to see it in action – so that there’s plenty of room for oversized elements to breathe.

Designers are working with white space in plenty of other ways as well. Take a look back through many of the other aforementioned trends and how much white space plays a role there as well.

5. Voice and Natural Language Search

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The future of web design isn’t 100 percent visual. Some of it will be audible.

From designing interfaces that can “hear” and understand voice commands to incorporating search terms that mimic natural language, integrating a world of voice and language will be imperative for website design projects.

And while some of these other trends might not be even more popular at the end of 2018, voice and natural language search is only going to grow in usage and popularity. You should start planning for it now so you’ll be able to incorporate it into future projects with ease.