2022 Web Design Trends
What web design trends will we see take over in 2022? Trends come and go quickly, so it’s important for designers and developers to be up-to-date on the latest. Those learning web design, such as middle school and high school students, should also know the latest trends as they grow in potential careers. Let’s take a look at the design styles and techniques that will be in demand throughout this year.
There are over 3 million Americans alone with vision impairments, according to the CDC, making accessibility extremely important. And even those who don’t have visual disabilities Everyone will encounter situational vision difficulties at some point, such as bright pages that interfere with visibility. Responsible motion design will likely become standard practice in 2022, as designers shy away from parallax effects and mouse-triggered scaling. Designers will also focus more on colors, layout, and navigation to ensure a user experience that is accessible for all. It’s clear that accessibility should always be a primary consideration when designing for the web.
One-Page Web Design
In a busy world, it is a battle for designers to hold the attention of visitors. This often means creating a simple site instead of a complex one. Many designers are opting for one-page websites that don’t feature any sub-pages or complex navigation. Instead, users can scroll from the top of the site all the way to the bottom and get any and all information they need. These one-page sites can make the experience feel more personal for the user, as if he or she is reading a poster or flyer. Of course, this can be tricky to achieve if the website requires a significant amount of information, but it works well for less complex sites.
Building on neumorphism design, glassmorphism combines multi-layers, transparency, blurring and subtle borders to create a truly unique look. Designers combine these elements to achieve shadow and reflection, which create the feel. The concept gets its name from the fact that the design allows users to feel depth and layers, as if looking through a piece of glass. These elements can sometimes be combined to achieve a 3D effect. Combined with subtle movement, the glass effect can make a site feel transparent yet still organized. Like other trends on this list, glassmorphism can be crafted with accessibility in mind (see an example of glassmorphism below).
Page Speed Prioritization
Page speed is more important in 2022 than ever before, making it a priority for designers. In fact, Google’s 2021 SEO algorithm makes page speed a more important consideration than it has ever been. This stems from users expecting pages to load quickly—if a page stalls, the user is likely to close the page and visit another site. Over 50% of users will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Image optimization, deferred offscreen image loading and the limitation of plug-ins can go a long way toward speeding up page loading times. A slow loading website is one of the tell tale signs it’s time to redesign your website.
Designers will continue to focus on ways to make text interact with the cursor. This often includes making the text come alive when the user hovers the mouse over a certain piece of text. These interactions no longer need to be written by hand, as no-code platforms offer an easy way to achieve it with complex code. However, designers will be focused on finding the line between interactive fonts that draw users in while still maintaining accessibility standards.
We discussed interactive fonts earlier, and another trend in fonts is using big, bold typography. Oversized words can have a graphic effect that goes beyond just the text itself. This technique has been used in both minimalist and maximalist designs in unique ways that draw users in.
Designers are embracing 3D elements more than in years past. However, they are doing so in ways that maintain a flat overall feeling and don’t overwhelm the user. To create this alternate feel, designers are relying heavily on animations, shadows, layering and more. This creates a depth and perspective that most sites in past years have not offered.
Split-screen layouts are being used by designers to achieve visual interest, design contrast, and vivid color schemes. With more and more people using split-screen effects on tablets, laptops, and external monitors, split-screen sites can be a great way to give users the opportunity to intake more information in an organized and visually appealing way.
2022 will see a continuation of many web design trends from 2021 as well as brand-new trends that are just beginning to take shape. It’s important for designers to stay abreast of new trends to keep their companies and clients at the forefront of web design in the new year. Contact us today to learn about our courses, including our Web Design course, that can help you learn both the technical skills and soft skills that will be in demand in 2022 and beyond.
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