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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.

What's the best font to use for your blog or website?

The best way to have a great looking website or blog is to choose the right font.

What's the best font to use for your blog or website? You may want to have fancy looking fonts and change fonts every other line but the experienced blogger knows, that when it comes to fonts and the web, it is always best to keep it simple.

Not every computer has every font!

When you choose the font you want, you need to remember that not every computer has every font installed on it. In particular, most people don't have the fancy fonts installed on their machines. So if you choose one of these fonts for your blog it will not display how you want it to on a machine that doesn't have that font installed. In fact, it will display the default font instead, which will not give the look you were hoping for and may well drive people away from your blog.

So when writing blog your blog posts and designing your blog themes, keep in mind the availability of fonts when choosing the best font to use for your blog.

So how do we know which fonts most people have?

These fonts are commonly known as 'web safe fonts' and you'll probably find the best font to use for your blog amongst them.

Here is a chart of the 10 most used/installed fonts on the web as of February 25th 2012 [courtesy of Codestyle]

Font name Installed (%)
Lucida Sans 100.0%
Tahoma 99.95%
Arial 99.85%
Verdana 99.85%
Microsoft Sans Serif 99.80%
Courier New 99.75%
Times New Roman 99.70%
Trebuchet MS 99.70%
Comic Sans MS 99.46%
Georgia 99.12%

 

There's not a lot of difference between any of the percentages for these fonts so you are fairly safe to use any of the both in the knowledge that they will be installed on the machine your reader is using.

How easy is it to read the font?

Once we have taken a look at the above chart and seen if our chosen font is one that is widely available we next have to consider how easy that font will be to read. In other words, how will it display on a monitor?

These are the four different types (or families) of Web Safe Fonts:

  1. serif
  2. sans serif
  3. fantasy or cursive
  4. monospace

Serif

Serif fonts are those fonts that have little hooks (or 'Serifs') on the end of letters. Some monitors don't display these little hooks very well and they can become blurred or indistinguishable, particularly if the monitor has a low resolution.

However, these prints are perfect for print so it is safe to use them in any online documents that are intended for downloading and printing.

Some examples of 'serif' fonts:

Bookman Old Style font-family: 'Bookman Old Style', serif;
Garamond font-family: Garamond, serif;
Georgia font-family: Georgia, serif;
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', Palatino, serif;
Times New Roman, Times font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;

Sans Serif

Sans Serif fonts do not have the little hooks or serifs on the end of the letters. These will display clearer, crisper and bolder on most monitor resolutions. This makes them easier to read and thus, the perfect choice for your blog.

Some examples of 'sans serif' fonts:

Arial, Helvetica font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
Arial Black, Gadget font-family: 'Arial Black', Gadget, sans-serif;
Impact, Charcoal font-family: Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif;
MS Sans Serif, Geneva font-family: 'MS Sans Serif', Geneva, sans-serif;
MS Serif, New York font-family: 'MS Serif', 'New York', sans-serif;
Trebuchet MS, Helvetica font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif;
Verdana, Geneva font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;
Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande font-family: 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;
Tahoma, Geneva font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif;

Fantasy or Cursive

These fonts are not widely available on computers and because they are 'fancy' and 'cursive' they can be very hard to read in large chunks. If you wish to use these you should restrict them to headings or use them in images.

There is, of course, one exception, Comic Sans MS. This comes in at No. 9 on the list of most widely used and installed fonts and is easy to read and very popular BUT do you really want to use it?

Some example of fantasy or cursive fonts:

Papyrus font-family:Papyrus
Tempus Sans ITC font-family: Tempus Sans ITC
Lucida Handwriting font-family: Lucida handwriting, Lucidia sans
Monotype Corsiva font-family: Monotype Corsiva
French Script MT font-family: French Script MT
Goudy Stout font-family: Goudy Stout
Script MT Bold font-family: Script MT Bold
Comic Sans MS font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', cursive;

Monospace

Most webmasters and developers use mono-space for code samples or instructions.

It is as the name suggests, a font that has it’s letters evenly spaced. Monospace letters have the same width for each character, so they always take up the same amount of space, like a typewriter.

It is sometimes referred to as typewriter text. It's not the most exciting font to use on your blog.

Some examples of monospace fonts:

Courier font-family: Courier, monospace;
Courier New, Courier font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;
Lucida Console, Monaco font-family: 'Lucida Console', Monaco, monospace;

What size font should I choose?

This is definitely up for discussion. Many people believe that 16 pixels should be the ideal font size. Personally, I think a font size of 14 pixels is perfectly big enough. If you are writing a blog specifically for a target audience that may have issues with reading a smaller print then, knock yourself out, and use 16 pixels or bigger, otherwise I think you are safe with 14 pixels. But just be aware that different fonts look different sizes sometimes with the same font size.

So what's the best font to use for your blog?

It's an important decision and you should weigh up your personal choice with the following rules to help you choose the best font to use for your blog:

  1. Sans serif for online, Serif for print (or downloadable documents intended for printing)
  2. Keep fancy fonts to a minimum and limit to headings and accents.
  3. Don't use more than 2-3 fonts on any one page.
  4. Don't change fonts in the middle of a sentence without a very good reason.
  5. Monospace for typewriter and code
  6. Script and Fantasy for accents only.

Do you have a favourite font or preferred font size? - If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to know what you think.

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