4 web design trends to watch in 2017

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I’m passionate about designing & building websites & web apps using clean and well written code. In an industry that is ever evolving, it’s essential to stay up to date and on top of new techniques and trends.

When embarking on a new project it’s always my goal to create something that is scaleable and able to grow with my clients business as the web and new technologies evolve.

I work across a wide range of projects including freelancing for agencies and directly with clients. This has allowed me to work on a range of projects from custom CMS’s to full featured web applications.

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4 web design trends to watch in 2017

By Nathan Keatch - 01 Mar 2017

Web design is a constantly evolving medium. Something that looked modern and fresh yesterday can suddenly seem dated overnight.

If you’re thinking about refreshing your website or starting a new project in 2017, here’s a list of 4 design trends to keep an eye on.

1. Bigger, bolder type.

Typography is getting bigger and bolder. This isn’t a new trend 2016 saw an increase in the size and ‘boldness’ of display fonts. Don’t expect this trend to stop anytime soon.

Large typography not only works well for drawing and keeping the user’s attention but it is also great for breaking up grids on long scrolling pages.

Check out some great examples on the beoplay site.

2. Duotone

These paired down two-tone colour schemes that were once a necessity born out of sold school printing techniques, look cool and contemporary. Australian Design Radio has paired duotone images with an innovative layout to bring a unified feel to the content across their entire site.


3. Overlapping text and images

2016 saw non-traditional layouts where text overlaps accompanying images become a popular effect. Expect this to see this trend continue to gain momentum in 2017.


4. Card design & grid layouts

Card design layouts were first popularised by Pinterest and they continue to shape and influence web design trends in 2017. Cards are great for organisation of content as well as flexibility and responsiveness. This is particularly helpful on pages that have an abundance of content.

Check out Vice for a great example of a card layout being used to showcase content in a neat and digestible way, while remaining an enjoyable browsing experience.