Web Design Trends Dominating 2021

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Even when armed with the best website design solution, it’s not always easy coming up with a website that feels cutting edge. 

Following current web design trends is absolutely critical if you hope to create a site that’ll impress visitors. 

That’s why we’ve asked our friends at Elementor, one of the most popular website builders out there, to share the top five prevailing web design trends you should consider in 2021. 

So, without further ado, let’s get to them!

1. Collage Art

Like with many other UI trends, Collage art initially rose to popularity on social media.

A go-to format for Stories and news feed content, collages’ ability to stimulate was soon discovered by web designers.

Web-design collage art will typically encompass a number of core elements:

Most collages will sprawl out across a full-width visual. They will include a precise cut-out of an image (usually a photograph), as well. These elements will all be integrated using a mix of solid color graphics and patterned illustrations. 

Sounds a bit confusing. 

We know:) 

But it makes total sense once you see it in action:
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The City Circus, an Athens hostel, created a collage and set it as its homepage’s centerpiece. Incorporating images and art related to the historical area in which it is located, The City Circus has one of the most striking hostel websites you’ll ever see.

2. Analogous colours

Even when they’re not exactly from the same palette family, certain coloor schemes simply fit together. Coloor groupings such as these are called analogous coloors. 

When blended together within a website, these colours contribute to a harmonious scheme; the kind that a casual viewer will almost certainly find eye-catching.

 In a more technical sense, analogous colours are composed of three different hues: 

A dominant coloor (typically a primary coloor), a complementary coloor (or secondary coloor), and a third and final coloor. The latter will either be a sort of blend of the first two coloors, or, alternatively, it will be a more of a ‘curveball’ hue that makes the scheme stick out.
Analogous Colours
La nouvelle seems to pull off the impossible; elegantly combining somewhat bland (and frankly unappealing) colors in a way that immediately catches the eye. The darker pink background enables the more dominant orange block font to shine. And, when the darker turquoise is revealed when scrolling down, the overall aesthetic simply works.

3. 90s pixelated design

80’s nostalgia dominated much of the previous decade. A flurry of movies and television shows were either set during that decade (think Stranger Things) or were actually aired during that decade and were reinvented for a new audience (think Fuller House and Nightmare on Elm’s St.). It seemed that Zoomers suddenly had insatiable appetites for 80’s-themed entertainment. Well, believe it or not, the 90s are now officially retro, too.

The decade in which video games truly rose to dominate popular culture, the 90’s aesthetic is very much defined by the most popular arcade games of that era. 

Those looking to truly capture the spirit of what now feels like a faraway decade, should strive to fuse simplistic pixelated graphics with a more dynamic 3D style of presentation.
90s pixelated design
The website on display is a perfect representation of this dual approach.
Those who land on this site are immediately drawn to the block graphic motif, sophisticatedly presented in slick 3D. The background shifting when scrolling up and down is a nice touch, as well.

4. Negative colours

2021 saw designers and web design agencies gravitate towards very bold colours, specifically primary ones: 

Red, blue and yellow. 

Using them effectively often entails combining multiple deeply contrasting primary colours, akin to comics-like themes and 90’s-style motifs. These types of colour combinations often target younger audiences; their upbeat, exciting vibe resonating with less mature unique aesthetic sensibilities. 

Check this out:
Negative Colours
Goliath Entertainment’s home page is a perfect representation of negative color combinations done right. The rotary telephones, boomboxes, and other iconic 90’s items will resonate strongly with Millennials who grew up in that decade.

5. Black outline

Black illustrations have become fan favorites among web designers. Enamored with their sleek, striking aesthetic, web designers leverage this dark graphic approach in other areas. A prime example is black outlines around different elements throughout their website. These black lines and borders can vary in thicknesses; they’re often used as page dividers, specifically as grid boxes of numerous sizes.

The following example is unique in that it combines said black lines and illustrations with real photographed images.
Black outline
The black borders and accents have a powerful impact on user engagement. This type of graphic design catches visitors’ attention instantly. The latter will find themselves drawn to the messaging and experiences the designer seeks to relay.

Final thoughts and takeaways

With less than 4 months until the end of the year, web designers have their work cut out for them if they hope to stand out in 2021.

Adopting these design trends will help stimulate visitors, and enable your website to truly leave a mark. 

We wish you guys good luck in implementing them!

About the author

Yoni Yampolsky is a marketing manager at Elementor. The most popular WordPress website builder Elementor powers more than 5% of all the world’s websites.

35 Things to Blog About: How To Beat Writer's Block!

You’ve set up your blog and identified your niche and now it’s time to start writing. But you need some ideas for things to blog about?

You know you need to attract readers to your blog This means you need QUALITY content and not just one or two blog posts, but rather a library of useful information to keep your readers engaged and coming back for more. But you're sitting at the computer staring at the blank screen.

There's not a single thought in your head that is of use!

Writer’s block can be a huge problem for novice and experienced bloggers alike.

Here are just a few ideas to kick-start the grey matter and get you writing:

  1. Make a list
    People love to read lists (You’re reading this one aren’t you?). You can make them fun or serious. They are easy to do and can be on more or less any topic you like.
  2. Encouragement
    Write a positive post offering encouragement to your niche market – use personal examples. It’s really not that hard to think of nice things to say about people is it?
  3. A money or time-saving tip
    Offer up one of your tips that you use on a daily basis.
  4. A Product Review - positive
    Rave about something! A piece of software that you use for blogging or just an everyday item that is relevant to your niche. Even better if the product has an affiliate link.
  5. A Product Review – negative
    There is nothing quite like bashing a product is there? Write about a service that has frustrated you and why you wouldn’t recommend it to your readers. Write responsibly and have your proof ready.
  6. Your favourite books
    They could be business or niche related. Books that you can’t live without and read over and over again.
  7. Social Media
    Twitter or Facebook? Pinterest or Linked In? Write a comparison detailing which is most useful for you.
  8. How To….
    Write a post detailing how you do something that would be useful for your niche market.
  9. Your blogging goals
    Put your own personal goals out there for your readers to see and make yourself accountable to them.
  10. Favourite Bloggers
    Write about other bloggers that inspire you. Top Five Business Bloggers, Top Five Food Bloggers, etc.
  11. Answer a question
    Reply to a question that a reader has asked on your blog or on your Social Media site.
  12. Interview Someone
    Write up a few questions and approach another blogger in your niche or someone that you admire.
  13. Keep it current
    Write about a current news story that is relevant to your niche.
  14. Google
    See what is trending on Google and write about it.
  15. Personal Development
    Write about an example of how you have improved yourself and how it might be relevant to the readers of your blog.
  16. Bucket List
    Everyone has one – write about some of the items on your bucket list and how you are working towards achieving them.
  17. Your mentor
    Write about someone that has had an influence on you in your career or life.
  18. Your student
    Write about a successful student of yours.
  19. A Survey
    Ask questions or survey your readers to find out what they might be looking for answers on.
  20. Review a post
    Find a blog post that is relevant to your niche and review it.
  21. Myth Buster
    Debunk a myth that is circulating in your niche.
  22. Be Controversial
    Nothing gets engagement from your readers like posting a controversial opinion – keep it polite though!
  23. Take a Stand
    Write about a cause that is close to your heart.
  24. Make a difference
    Write about how your online business is making a difference in your life and detail what things you are able to do because of it.
  25. A Passion
    Things we are passionate about are often the easiest to write about. For example, a hobby or cause you are into.
  26. A Struggle
    Write about something that you have personally struggled with in your business and show how you overcame it. You can guarantee someone else will be having the same or similar problem.
  27. Grab a Quote!
    Pick a relevant quote to your niche and discuss.
  28. Photo
    Find a photograph that inspires you and write about it. Make sure it’s 'royalty free' or you have permission to reproduce the photograph.
  29. Resources
    Write a post about the resources that are relevant to your niche.
  30. A Wish List
    Write about products or services that you would like to have if money were no option.
  31. Promote something
    Write a post that is directly promoting your own or someone else’s product.
  32. A Case Study
    Write a post about someone that has had success using a product of service of yours or that you recommend.
  33. Videos
    Create a video post, Make a video of yourself just talking about a subject relevant to your niche.
  34. Revamp an oldie
    Maybe you have an old post that needs updating or one that is still very relevant but you can add more information to it. Spruce up an old post with some fresh content.
  35. Something that happened to you today
    Something good or bad. Something that happened as a result of your online business.
  36. Go To Bed
    If all else fails take yourself off to bed. If you are anything like me, you’ll get some of your best inspiration when your head hits the pillow. Just make sure you have a notebook handy to jot those ideas down.