Web Design Trends 2021

The web world is changing at a rapid pace. What’s a trend today might be horribly outdated in a matter of a few months. With the year 2021, we are looking to embrace the future to seize new opportunities. What are the new web design trends that will pop up in 2021 and which ones will fade out? Let’s check out trends.

Here are the latest 2021 trends in web design


Neumorphism combines developments of flat design and skeuomorphism. Neumorphism, or soft UI, is a visual style that combines background colors, shapes, gradients, highlights, and shadows to ensure graphic intense buttons and switches.

Neumorphism infuses a feeling of freshness in-app user interface design, looks soft, as well as gives freedom to experiment. But keep in mind that it has to be carefully designed and implemented for usability. When combined with high contrast elements and typography, neumorphism makes UI design accessible and user-friendly.

Scroll Effects

Parallax scrolling created a buzz in 2011 and nearly after a decade, it continues with the buzz. Fast forward to today, scrolling continues to excite with zooming in or out of images, horizontal scrolling and implementing transitions across sections.

Vector Art

Vector art continues to gain momentum without sacrificing quality. On the other hand, load time also plays a role. The SVG format of vector files allows users to scale the visuals based on their needs while maintaining the quality of the original graphics.

Organic Design for Inspired Websites

Organic design is fast becoming a trend. Influenced by the powers of nature and the organic world around, organic design inspires the web world also. Very often websites are heavily focused on earthy colors, natural shapes, and organic textures.

3D Imagery to Create Depth

3D images will be extensively used in websites to add depth and create a greater sense of realism for a design. Three-dimensional imagery will continue to flourish in 2021.

Structured Navigation

Gone are mega menus, it is now about streamlined menus. After all, users are now reaching websites directly through search engine results and not via the homepage. Less navigation guides users to the path where you want users to engage, improving user experience.

Audio Experiences

Designing for voice will become a major aspect of enhancing the user journey and taking user experience to the next level. The best use case scenario for Audio experiences on the website will help overcome a language barrier because music can create a cohesive experience when it comes to web-based storytelling.

Flat Design Will Continue to Evolve

Flat design came into the limelight when the world bid adieu to gradients. Very often the gradient was eliminated by selecting one single color and applying it across the spectrum. It became the new norm when Apple dumped Skeuomorphism for the new flat design concept. However, not a great deal of thought was applied to this switch.

A new trend of semi-flat design aims to eliminate the problems that flat design created by integrating depth and dimension of subtle shadows, card/tile, and transitions to help users.

Material Design

Google launched the Material Design concept, an all-new style language that uses shadow effects, movement, and depth to create a more realistic design. The ‘card’ concept makes maximum use of white space, shadows, intentions, and motion to provide a layered approach to design.

With its minimalistic look, Material Design has a lot in common with flat design. However, It makes use of shadow to provide more depth when compared to flat design.

While material web design project seems limited to app design, Google announced Material Design Lite which is more suitable for websites. It uses Vanilla CSS, HTML, and JavaScript to add the look of Material Design to websites.


Micro-interactions help users do several things such as communicating status or the result of an action. Microinteractions are small experiences that play a role in creating the final impression. While many consider Microinteractions as inconsequential, they are the future of design. Think about Microinteractions as building blocks to accomplishing a task, connecting different elements, and data feedback.

Each of these small interactions drives users to a path of more human-centered design. This concept transforms design in a more human-like manner and is a key to adoption and usability.


Custom illustration combined with animation will infuse much-needed originality in websites. While there is no one-size-fits-all method or a proven formula to look different, proper implementation will require a great deal of planning. Storytelling is another way to stay original and connect with your target audience. This is a great way to showcase the product in use, as well as provide users with direct access to view the product details.


One of the most ignored aspects of the web continues to be typography. If done correctly, typography can infuse life into your site. While fonts can be downloaded from the web, customized typography can put a focus on your brand’s unique selling proposition.


Cinemagraphs, a moving image provides an element of elegance and style when integrated into your website. They are light on bandwidth and much more interactive compared to still images.

Rich Animations

Animations are now being used widely; taking the site’s interactivity to a whole new level and creating an intuitive user experience. However, you can’t go overboard with this method and simply push animation on any part of the site.

Large animations can be used as a primary interaction tool with the ability to create a deep impact on users with different types such as parallax scrolling and pop-up notifications. On the other hand, small scale animations include spinners, hover tools, and loading bars.

A Caveat:

The new trends of web design and development services will enhance the customer experience. Don’t follow trends just for the sake of the bandwagon effect or because they look cool. Trends are popular techniques and additional ways to reach out to your target audience. However, make sure that it works for your users before actually implementing it.

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