Web design trends for 2021

  1. Retro fonts
    We’ve seen many old things become cool again, and then in turn become even more uncool. Think handlebar mustaches and mom jeans. Irony has a short shelf life.

Retro fonts have experienced this same ebb and flow in their popularity, and many designs featuring vintage typography haven’t aged well.

However, throwback typography has gone through a bit of a resurgence. We’re not seeing the same tired fonts. Rather, stylization and a bit of artistry are reimagining what retro fonts can be.

  1. Parallax scroll animations
    Parallax scroll effects have been a trend in website design for years, and in 2021 we hope to see more subtle and creative explorations of what can be accomplished with parallax.

Remember that too much movement in parallax effects can be harmful to people with vestibular disorders because the illusion of depth and movement can cause disorientation and dizziness. Here are some guidelines we see more designers taking into account to ensure they incorporate parallax minimally and without causing harm:

Don’t let parallax effects distract from important information
Don’t make it harder for the user to complete an important task
Keep the number of parallax effects to a minimum
Minimize the amount of parallax movement within each instance
Constraining parallax effects within a small area of the screen
Include an option for users to turn off parallax effects

  1. Horizontal scrolling
    Previously regarded as a web design faux-pas, horizontal scroll is having a comeback.

We’re seeing more web designers continuing to experiment with horizontal scroll. Those who do it best break the pattern not for the sake of being different but as a practical way to disclose secondary information progressively, like in an image gallery.

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