Web Design Trends 2019

A modern web design means better interaction with your audience and more conversions. As you follow popular brands, you will see that they are improving their websites. If you are done with your website, you are out of business.

Last year, Visual Composer team made our first research of web design trends. As we look back on our predictions, companies like HubSpot has seen a great value in UX animations. Asana has completely rebuilt their interface with gradient overlays. Wix launched a new website with mobile-first design and extra large content elements.

As we proceed into 2019, it is time to look into what trends awaits us there.

The web design market is oversaturated with new technologies and design tools. Like never before, we are able to develop complex layouts and apply various effects. Even so, tools are no longer in charge - it all comes down to the business.

Business wants to develop websites faster and make them easy to use (UX). Everyone seeks to improve conversions. These are the main points that will define the web design trends of 2019.

Micro Animations (and Interactions)

Complex animations are in the past. They are time-consuming and hard to put in place. Small business can not afford it, large companies don't have time for it.

Please welcome micro animations and interactions. Tiny points of interaction with your visitors (all UX designers are talking about). Micro animations help to grab attention and increase conversions.

Wix ADI Mobile micro interactions by Gur Margalit
Wix ADI Mobile micro interactions by Gur Margalit

Attention to details is what differs an exception website from an ordinary one. Micro animations help to get feedback, communicate, and navigate your customers.

Micro-interactions is easy to create and they won't change the website that much. Smartly placed they will become a good trigger for conversions. And we know that even a simple CSS animation of the 'Buy Now' button can sometimes make a difference.

Learn more about micro animations and interactions.

Speed and Performance

Performance has finally become a trend. All popular websites are striking for better performance. A better performance means better SEO ranking and reduces the frustration.

Once we hear about lack of performance, it works like a blocker to choose a theme or tool. This is the reason why every good WordPress theme is optimized for performance.

Seafood restaurant template tailored for speed and performance
Seafood restaurant template tailored for speed and performance

If you are looking for a tool to design a website, look into ones that create clean HTML output. A clean HTML will ensure that your website will load a lot faster.

Try to avoid overwhelming your website with the tons of content - your performance may suffer.

Content Splitting

There lot of award-winning websites that divide layout vertically. If in doubt, check out the Awwwards website on your own.

Split works like two independent parts that focus on different goals. A textual content that provides you with information about the company or services. And emotional part, consisting of images and graphics that build an emotional bond.

Content splitting example by Carlin Wright - Compass
Content splitting example by Carlin Wright - Compass

The split will help you to give both types of users what they want. Those looking for more information will find it easy to read it. While the cold audience will be able to focus on the graphical part.

Unique Elements

Every business wants their website to stand out from the crowd. We have only a few seconds to make an impression, so we want to be remembered.

Branded elements help you to differ from competitors and create an emotional bond. Imagine a button that fits perfectly with your logo. Or a slideshow that uses bullets from your brand book. With such elements, your website will look complete and professional.

Branded element example by Invision App
Branded element example by Invision App

The downside of this trend is that you will have to do some custom development (and maybe even hire a web developer). Still, at the end of the day, it pays off having a unique website.

If you are working with the web design tools and builders, look for a tool that can be extended. Create your own set of elements that fit your brand.

One-Page Layouts

We are living in a dynamic environment. People don't have much time to spend on the website. Your is not an exception.

One-page layouts are popular for building landing pages with high conversion rate. In 2019, more websites will look in this direction and maybe convert their regular websites into landing pages.

One page layout example by BAUNFIRE
One page layout example by BAUNFIRE

A landing page allows you to focus on one problem at the time and control the sales funnel. It is also a lot easier and faster to launch a one-page website and scale it after.

Shapes and Images

It is not enough to have beautiful images on the website anymore. People want to create an emotional bond with the brand. And every brand has their own unique shapes (at least they should).

Companies like Asana and Slack use the advantage of shapes and images. It helps them to create a bond and stress out the most important parts of their tools.

Shape and image combination example by Asana
Shape and image combination example by Asana

To incorporate this trend, there are two ways you may consider. The first one is to compliment your images with the shapes that associate with the brand. The second is to use shapes as boundaries for your images. Introduce masks for your image in various forms.

Both ways are very effective so it is up to you to choose which way you want to go.

Element Disorder

Forget about strict grid layouts. Disordered grids are a big thing around the web already, and it will expand in 2019.

The disorder doesn't mean chaos. In fact, it is a well-structured content with eye-catching blocks to grab attention. Usually applied to the headlines of the site it delivers a bold message your visitors can't miss.

Element disorder example of Cittá by Ovik Mushlyan
Element disorder example of Cittá by Ovik Mushlyan

Element disorder is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your site for 2019. All you have to do is to use Design Options to adjust margins of your headlines and background images.

Such a simple technique can raise awareness for your products and services. And, it is also easy to use in A/B testing.

Sticky Notifications

Are you a fan of GDPR? :) I'm a bit frustrated about all the notices and cookies policies.

The bad news is that we will see a lot more sticky notifications in 2019. Business has seen a great value in exit-intent popups and notification bars. In average, exit-intent popups can increase your conversion rate up by 20%. Ask your eCommerce expert - these are good numbers.

Simple notification bar for Black Friday Sale
Simple notification bar for Black Friday Sale

So, despite the fact that everyone hates them, people tend to convert more often.

While this is annoying, I would still recommend trying it out and see what value it can bring for your business.

If you use WordPress, there are plenty of plugins that you can use to set up notifications and popups. I would also recommend looking into those that create custom post types. This will allow you to build better notifications with the help of website builders.

How to Apply Web Design Trends

We have to look at web design from the business perspective. We want to launch websites faster, learn and improve.

We can start with one trend at the time and see how it affects our business. We don't have to incorporate all trends - one size won't fit all.

Think of the time and value proportion. What would make your website more successful? Build it fast and easy.