There has been a lot of chatter online about the resurgence of blogs this year, people seem to be moving away from just accessing their online content via social media and are looking for a more personal (and wordy!) experience.
I’ve always been a ‘blog girl’. I think there is something special about having an online journal to share your passions and interests. There really has never been a better time to update your websites theme and style to really showcase your own personal brand, because of that I thought I would share my top 5 web design trends for 2020 to inspire you!Hand drawn graphics / These design elements are being used throughout websites and blogs for everything from photography and headers to icons and widget areas. They give your site a more personal, imperfect finish which is especially effective on small business websites, blogs and portfolios. I have incorporated these little graphics into footer and in my favicon to give a seamless unique branding finish to my overall design.
Abstract elements / Abstract design has been huge in the home decor world and it’s filtered through to web design. I recommend using photoshop brushes to create small PNG images and placing them throughout your website design to create an eye catching and unique website!Photography edits / The days of a lipstick on a marble backdrop are long gone! Using graphic web design elements to enhance imagery started on instagram and can give your website photography a new lease of life, you’ll need some photo editing software (lightroom and photoshop are my go to) but it’s a really fun way to update your site! I think this is a particularly interesting trend as it’s a way to refresh your imagery style and also to convey your overall branding message to your readers/site visitors. Dark design / A real marmite trend but 2020 is the year of the dark background! I don’t know if I am brave enough to move away from my usual white backdrop but it’s an interesting trend as it highlights design elements and creates a much more dramatic site design. I think it would especially well for photography and travel blogs where imagery is the main focus!Minimal design / Going the complete opposite way the minimal design site has had an upgrade, removing excess design elements from the site and going bold with large clean fonts will give your site a fresh modern look, it lets your imagery do the talking and works really well for lifestyle blogs and portfolio websites. I have incorporated this design trend into my own blog style by using larger lettering for my blog and title headings and utilising easy edits like letter spacing to give a more magazine style finish. I have also changed the size of my images so they are are the forefront of my site design. It’s something that works well for any site that puts an emphasis on photography, but particularly editorial or travel style photos as this allows you to display them in full size!
So those are my top web design trends for 2020, I really hope the have inspired you to make some little tweaks to your websites design for the new year! How are you updating your blog/website space this year?