The 5 Website Trends We Are Loving in 2020

Feb 6, 2020 | Web Design

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It’s been a little while since we’ve rounded up the top trends in web design, so we were eager to see how much has changed since our 2019 Web Design Trends post went live. As with any trend, some fell by the wayside this past year, while a lot of them are here to stay. Let’s take a look and see the new trends that have popped up since this time last year and which trends survived into the new decade, shall we?

Oversized Type

It looks like the oversized type trend is here to stay for now. When this design trend first hit the scene, we LOVED it, and we still do. Give us a good font any day. We’re even thinking of coining the phrase The Bigger the Type, the Closer to God. 🙌

Custom Illustrations

Another favorite design trend with staying power. Illustration has been slowly and steadily replacing photography-only design for the past few years, and 2020 is no exception. One evolution of this trend we’re seeing is more and more animation over simple still illustrations.

Colorblocking

Minimalist design is in, but that doesn’t mean color is out. Although we’re seeing a shift in use of color from last year with less neon, fewer bright gradients, and moving towards more solid colorblocking. Colorblocking and oversized fonts are some of our favorite budget-friendly trends, if you don’t have the money for new professional photography or a custom illustration.

Color blocking is a great way to break up content on your website to not only make the content more visually engaging, but to also to give visual priority to the content you want your visitors’ eyes to go to first.

Accessibility

Probably our favorite trend that we HOPE isn’t just a trend, but truly a lasting shift in making the internet accessible to those with disabilities. Simply put, accessibility is making sure that your website or app works for the physically disabled, whether they’re blind, deaf, a paraplegic, an amputee, or they have some other physical impairment that makes it difficult or impossible for them to use a computer in the traditional way.

Designing with disabilities and limitations in mind isn’t the easy path, but it’s a rewarding one, for sure! We have a whole blog post on this subject, and you can read it here!

Exposed Grid & Windows

While “throwback” design isn’t new, exposed grids are a new, cheeky trend that doesn’t take design too seriously and gives a fun nod to the early days of the internet. We’re seeing a lot of rectangles and lines dividing up websites into sections. What do you guys think of this trend?

Conclusion

As you can see, this year’s trends are really easy to mix & match and a lot of the above website examples are rocking multiple trends at once. All in all 2020 trends don’t differ too greatly from last year’s, with the exception of the fun, throw-back 90’s style web design. That seems like one that may be a fast fad, but we love it nonetheless. However, one trend we hope is not only here to stay, but grows more and more traction— and that’s accessibility. We love that the internet is becoming more user friendly and accessible to everyone! Knowledge is power.