Notable Web Design Trends for 2018

Web designs change over time. Every year, new trends emerge and are adopted by many web designers. These web design trends are usually recognised regardless of location. Companies that provide web design in Oxford, for example, usually follow the same trends recognised by web design companies in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and other parts of the world.

In 2018, the following are some of the web design trends worth noting.

Broken Grid Layout

This design is in defiance of the grid traditionally recognised by web designers as a guide to bringing harmony and logic to their layouts. It’s a design that sees the grid as more of a constraint than a standard for design harmony. The main attribute of this design is the overlapping of some page elements. It veers away from symmetry and the usual way of building a site layout.


Brutalism is basically a trend among web designers wherein they ignore all rules and standards to do what they want. The result of this trend is something that cannot be summed up by a specific visual style. There is no specific layout, arrangement, or colour palette to talk about. There is no defining appearance to be described since brutalism is all about what the designer feels like doing. This trend leads to many surprising designs, with some good outcomes and some bad. Brutalism disregards best practices and guidelines on site optimisation, so it may not exactly be the best trend to adopt.

Organic and Oblique Shapes

Many websites and blogs have already veered away from straight lines and sharp corners. In 2018, this is expected to continue as designers prefer organic and oblique shapes. Rounded corners will become more common as evidenced by the design trends in major websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Google.  

More Interactivity and Animations

Animations are returning but not the type that distracts. In 2018, more advanced web technologies will allow animations and interactive page elements to grace websites or web pages without being too much of a burden and without looking gaudy. Improvements in web technology improve interactivity on websites through lighter and “prettier” animations and interactive elements. Web users are seeking interactivity and web designers are willing to fill the need.

The Possible Rise of Maximalism

For years, web design has been about minimalism. The fewer the better, less is more: these ideas used to dominate the principles of web design. However, there’s a possibility for the opposite to become the new trend. Maximalism entails more design elements, more generous use of creative features, and more distinctive websites. With this trend, designers trade a clean look for something that may look cluttered but is doubtlessly distinctive.

If you are still looking for inspiration in designing your new website, you may want to consider the trends featured above. Just make sure that your design is perfectly suitable for the site you want to build. The function-over-looks dictum always trumps any new trend.

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