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9 stunning web design trends for 2021

January 28, 2021 Design, Music
9 stunning web design trends for 2021

Each year’s web design trends promise to beam us into the scifi future of our dreams, given that they are based in technology. But the 2021 predictions we received from our community of web designers from around the world suggest the opposite.

2021’s web design trends appear to share a common theme: rather than aspiring to hi-tech fantasy, web designers are seeking new heights of realism. They are blending the digital and the ordinary like never before, and it reflects just how much a part of everyday life websites have become. In this way, the following 9 web design trends for 2021 are literally breathing life into the digital world.

9 web design trends that will be huge in 2021

    1. Parallax animation
    2. Neumorphism
    3. Abstract art compositions
    4. Comfortable colors
    5. Web design for causes
    6. Scrolling transformations
    7. Digital interpretations of physical products
    8. Captivating questionnaires
    9. Three-dimensional colors

1. Parallax animation

Coffee web page hero parallax animation
By Pinch Studio

From micro interactions to particle backgrounds, we’ve witnessed the rising popularity of web-based animation trends year after year. 2021’s web animations are getting even more complex through the separation of page elements into foreground and background extremes, creating a parallax effect.

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By Wesley van ‘t Hart via Dribbble

Parallax is the optical illusion that happens when objects near to the viewer appear to move faster than objects farther away. Although we see this in everyday life—when viewing passing scenery while driving, for instance—the effect on web pages comes across as equal parts real and surreal.

Illustrated website design with parallax scrolling
By Iconic Graphics

The depth created through the use of foreground and background also has the added benefit of immersion, transforming the computer screen into something closer to a theater stage. As users navigate the web page, they are drawn into its convincing performance as if by magic. And at the end of the day, isn’t magic what the internet is supposed to feel like?

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2. Neumorphism

Neumorphism has been gaining incredible traction this past year, and in 2021 it promises to usher us into the paradoxical age of minimalist realism. The style is a successor to skeuomophism—a design approach that incorporates renderings of familiar, outdated materials into current designs, and it had its heyday on app icons everywhere in the early 2010s. This trend was largely supplanted by flat design, which simplified icons and colors in a way that was less realistic but more uniform and easily identifiable.

Adidas shoe product web page with neumorphic elements

By George Tang via Dribbble

Minimalist web page design with neumorphic elements

By Sara Salehi via Dribbble

We’ll see Neumorphism—the new Skeumorphism—turning flat icons into realistic, 3D objects. 

– Claire Taylor, Senior Product Designer at 99designs

Neumorphism represents a merging of both trends, with designs that mimic physicality through selective drop shadows while being overlaid with semi-flat colors. Most commonly, the effect resembles digital embossing or debossing. It allows designers to reclaim the tactile experience that was lost in the flat design era, and this in turn heightens the user’s connection to the design he is interacting with. Expect to see this stylized realism on the buttons, search bars and text boxes all across the digital designs of 2021.

Dark mode neumorphic fitness app design
By ODarka
Green neumorphic 3d web page design

By Siddharth Chakraborty via Dribbble

Dark mode neumorphic web page design

By Samson Vowles via Dribbble

3. Abstract art compositions

Abstract shapes, especially those consisting of geometric primitives like squares and circles, can come across as simple, minimalist and restrictive. However in 2021, web designers are incorporating them into complex, sprawling compositions that exude freedom.

Agency web page design with abstract art elements
By andrei2709

In 2021, abstract art elements will be used as an alternative to photography in web design for startups, tech products and apps. 

– Tristan Le Breton, Creative Director at 99designs

In most cases, these abstract art arrangements are taking the place of stock photography and figure illustrations. While they can include images of people, they still evoke emotion without them. Their bursting, Pollock-esque compositions feel energetic, and their many vibrant colors are infectiously warm. The result is web pages that feel expressive and alive, even in the absence of familiar human faces.

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