Web Design Trends 2021


Hey there! Web Design Trends Jen McKinnon here and it’s time for another trend roundup from Envato. Today we’re taking a look at web design trends and, to help you find what you’re looking for, links to the featured items can be found in the description below.

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Check the link in the description for a special offer from the Envato Elements team to get you started. Let’s get into it! A white background has been considered standard to ensure readability in clean, minimal, web design but designers are increasingly using dark mode – a setting that.

Allows the user to switch the background from light to dark – to increase contrast and make neons and pastels really pop. But this web design trend is about more than simply boosting the visibility of various creative elements. Studies show that dark mode is easier on our eyes because it reduces blue light exposure and glare, plus it can save battery life on the user’s device.

As a result, many sites – like this one, created by web designer and volleyball enthusiast, Johny Vino – allow visitors to customize the user experience with the option to toggle between dark and light themes. Come over to the dark side with this WordPress blog theme from code supply, which combines an editorial look and feels with the kind of superior viewing experience we’ve come to expect from dark mode website designs.

This theme can be purchased over on ThemeForest, Envato’s marketplace where you can purchase and license web items individually. Anything goes when it comes to this mixed media web design trend. The practice of layering and arranging photographs, illustrations and handwriting has been popular for decades, and now this artform has entered the digital realm.

Collages allow web designers to draw on a range of aesthetics and creative effects to get their message across. Like the mishmash of vintage diagrams and old-school photographs that so perfectly promote the quirky and casual atmosphere at Athens’ City Circus hostel.

This cut-and-paste trend can celebrate a DIY look and feel but it can also be used to create a modern portfolio that offers a collection of carefully curated snapshots, like this pastel-infused theme, Brynn, from Elated-Themes, which can also be purchased over on ThemeForest.

Not surprisingly, the scrapbook look and feel also appeared in our round-up of 2020’s hottest Graphic Design Trends. You can find a link to the video in the description below. Love it or hate it, there’s no ignoring anti-design. Inspired by the recent resurgence of brutalism,

This controversial style subverts traditional design rules and embraces elements that some may deem ugly – like clashing colors, asymmetrical layouts, mixed fonts, and layered imagery. By balancing this unapologetically unconventional style with a UX that’s functional and user-friendly, design studio XXIX offers a masterclass in achieving this subversive look.

Have a go at breaking the rules with the Breton creative agency theme from Edge-Themes, a bold brutalist design available to download on ThemeForest. With its warped title text, harsh shapes and a combination of regular and italic body copy, it’s sure to pique the interest of the visitors to your site.

If you’re keen to learn more about breaking the rules check out our UX and UI Design Trends roundup and let us know your thoughts on Meccaland’s polarising design. Find the link in the description below. Stripping down web design to its most essential elements, minimalism continues to catch our eye with the use of simple shapes, uncluttered text, and empty space.

Proving that less is more, Brooklyn-based business development agency Huge Inc hosts a minimalist site with maximum appeal, thanks to a blend of monochrome and bold color. The sleek, paired back design allows the screen-width imagery to shine, placing the focus on the creativity of the work, over the design of the site.

Try out this trend for yourself with the effortlessly cool and contemporary Vava template from Timmy, which makes monochrome imagery and a structured layout sing in perfect harmony. This template also celebrates usability and functionality – another trend we’ll touch on later – with its easy-to-read typography and responsive design.

For such an unassuming aesthetic, minimalism is taking the world by storm and makes an appearance in our recent Photography and Typography Trends videos, where you’ll find plenty of simple shots and sans serif fonts. Check the links in the description below.

This year, web designers invited us to stop and smell the roses with sites that draw inspiration from the great outdoors and the natural world. Influenced by an increased focus on sustainability and environmentalism, organic design features earthy colors, natural shapes, raw organic textures, floral flourishes, and sweeping landscapes.

To get the picture, explore the peacock and parakeet dotted vineyards illustrated on winery Molly Dooker’s vibrant homepage. This site also gives a nod to the collage trend we covered earlier. Introduce Mother Earth into your web designs with the berries and blossoms in the Naturally template kit by anarieldesignx.

We’ll talk more about template kits later but, for now, you can download this item with a subscription to Envato Elements via the link in the description below. And for more eco-inspiration, check out our Organic Graphic Design Trends piece on the Envato Blog.

Similar to organic design, hand-drawn illustrations can add real-life appeal to the digital realm. Wave goodbye to the unattainable beauty ideals and unrealistic lifestyles of stock photography, and display humanity and authenticity in illustration. A great example of hand-drawn illustration in web design is from AHM.

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