3 Essential Design Trends, December 2017

All three of this month’s essential design trends have to do with typography. And the trends showcase some pretty stellar ways to use beautiful type to create user engagement and make a great first impression. One common theme among these designs is that all of the typography styles are highly readable. If you plan to… Read More

3 Essential Design Trends, November 2017

If you’re a fan of this monthly design trends series, there’s a strong possibility you’ve seen a trend or two that you just didn’t like. And that’s OK. This month, each of the three trends should be design conversation starters. While the visuals look cool, are they readable and usable? (Questions every website designer should… Read More

20 Best New Portfolio Sites, October 2017

Hey WDD readers, it’s October, so you know what that means: it’s time for Christmas-themed websites! No, I wouldn’t actually do that to you. But I don’t have any Halloween-themed websites either. It’s probably for the best. What I do have is yet another almost-even mix of design trends and aesthetics. Could this be the… Read More

3 Essential Design Trends, October 2017

Every designer loves breaking the rules every now and then. This month’s web design trends highlight some of the rebellious spirit in ways that look amazing. The key to all these rule-breaking designs is that the rest of the interface is simple and actually follows the rules. From text that doesn’t stay in its “container”… Read More

Essential Design Trends, September 2017

Sometimes you can just look at new website projects and see what designers are thinking. You can feel the mood. This month’s trends reflect that concept with bold color choices, a collapse of the traditional hero header style that’s been popular for a while and dark animated patterns that are just a bit mysterious. What… Read More

3 Essential Design Trends, August 2017

If the dog days of summer have you longing for a change of scenery, this month’s web design trends are the perfect start. While minimalism has been the “it” style of late, more designers are beginning to shift toward more details and features within the layout. The striking design patterns that we are beginning to… Read More

3 Essential Design Trends, July 2017

This month the focus is on design elements. Many recent trends have involved user patterns, color or typography, but here it’s all about subtle techniques. Essential trends to take note of include downpage navigation, boxes as a design element and plenty of vertical lines and movement. Here’s what’s trending in design this month: 1. Downpage… Read More

Giving Popular Apps the Brutalist Treatment

Every time someone talks about Brutalism, I have to ask, “Wait, that’s still a thing?” Brutalism is for people who think flat design is a bit too skeuomorphic, and as a community we seem to have agreed that Brutalism takes things a bit too far, and that prettier websites are usually better. I myself have no… Read More

3 UX Rules for Conversational UI Design

You may have heard that “conversational interfaces” are the new hot trend in digital product design. Industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are strongly focussed on building a new generation of conversational interfaces. Several trends are contributing to this phenomenon—artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies are progressing rapidly—but the main… Read More