Web Design Trends for 2017

Being that I am a newbie when it comes to web design, I have done some reading to see what is going on in the [very] vast world of web design.  Some of the things that always seem to be discussed concerning graphic design are what the “trends” for the current and upcoming year are.  Web design is certainly not an exception — people in the industry are always anticipating what could be happening next!

The following list are some of the things that I am excited about:

  • Layouts that let content shine:  it is amazing how much technology and web design have changed, even just over the past couple of years.  A shift recently has occurred; causing the focus to not be just having a “pretty” website for consumers to look at, but a website that goes back to what the actual function of a website is:  to consume the information that the website communicates.  The result has become a more minimalist approach to the design (which I rather like), and this allows for the information to really take center stage.
  • Big and Bold type:  along with the concept of letting the content take the spotlight, another concept that is being utilized is using large fonts to communicate the information the website holds.  This is another simple concept but I like that it truly makes a bold statement about what the goal of the website is when the visitor goes to the landing page.
  • More of Bright colors: continuing with the concept of simple design, another trend that we could see more of this year is the use of bright color more often.  Bright colors certainly make a statement, and that is a step that the client should want to take, should this be utilized.  Going even further into this concept; people seem to be losing their minds over the observation that some websites observed are not only utilizing bright colors, they are using lots of gradients to show different shades of bright colors.  Now, I like a good gradient as much as the next guy, but I think that they must be used with discretion.  I think that gradients are like a good spice: just the perfect amount and you’re golden,  but use too much and you’ve ruined the dish.
  • Unique layouts:  another way that web designers see to be finding creative ways to present information to readers is with unique layouts!  Specifically, this is happening with broken grids.  Some ways that designers are utilizing this concept in their designs are through overlapping typographic and graphic elements and [seeming[ to randomly combine text and images.  I really love seeing these things because it breaks the website up visually, and it is aesthetically pleasing because it produces a bit of a surprise for the viewer, but not too much to where it makes the material difficult to read.

These are just some of the things that people are talking about to look out for in web design for 2017.  Of course, these are all just speculation and only time will tell exactly what the popular web design things end up being for this year!

Typography: Symbol Fonts

When I think of typography, the first thing that crosses my mind is probably not the wide array of symbol fonts that exist.  Even more exciting, a good number of these fonts are also free to download and use to your hearts content!

Below I have included a few symbol fonts that I have found interesting and that could be useful in many different graphic design projects.

  • Glyphyx One

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The symbols in the Glyphyx One set are all related to transportation in one way or another.  Containing symbols from cars and bikes to taxis and helicopters, this font would probably be a great option for an information graphic.  (The “leisure” themed items seen above come from the Glyphyx Two set).

  • Cittadino

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This free symbol font is an eye-catching collection of pictograms, which apparently are already featured on the Milan Metro map.  Designed by a Moscow based desire, this set includes both upper and lower case letters as well as numbers.  Talk about real-life design solutions!

  • Rosette

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This eye-catching and beautiful set of rosettes was created by a font designer and calligrapher that was formerly an architect.  I love hearing of great “conversion” stories of designers using their already honed skills and directing that into design careers.  This designer certainly made the right choice and I would love to use one of these in a project soon.

  • Kalocsai Flowers

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This set of flower symbols is very attractive and I think that has to do with the simplicity of the flowers.  There is beauty in simplicity, and I really like this set.  What makes it even better is that these are free to use!

  • Adhesive Nr. Seven

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Yet another set of symbols that are free to download and use, these textured banners are widely versatile and I think they can be used with a wide variety of design styles.

  • Vintage Wedding

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Unfortunately this set is not free (costs between $20 and $108), , but it has symbols that are able to be used for design solutions other than just weddings. This is a very large collection of symbols at 432 icons that can be used for many different celebratory occasions including baby showers, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…