UX/UI Design Trends in 2019

First, allow us to wish you all a happy new year! As we are rolling full steam into 2019, there are many new and modern design trends that are being introduced this year! Here is just a brief overview of 5 designs we have come up with that will either be sticking around from last year or finding a place this year. Enjoy!

1) Broken grid and asymmetrical layouts

This element was used extensively in 2018, but it seems to be sticking around in 2019 as well. The concept of the grid in design terms is an imaginary plane with horizontal and vertical lines, used to help layout elements on the page or screen. With most websites, the grid is easy to point out — you can look down the left side of the website, and see the logo, title, and content. When you have a broken grid, you have items that are pushed around on this plane in a way that makes the grid feel less rigid, or broken, hence the name.

2) Fluid/organic design and elements:

We are proactively shifting away from the straight lines that came with
the flat design and starting to experiment with more fluid shapes and lines. Shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles, or any straight-sided shapes are often referred to as fluid or organic shapes.

3) More enhanced/elevated image treatments

Images have always presented unique design opportunities, especially on the web. Putting images in circles, making them black and white, adding a drop shadow behind them – all of these are techniques that designers have been using to enhance and/or draw attention to them on websites (and just about any other type of design).

4) Monochromatic and absence of color

Having millions of colors at your fingertips is cool and all, but what if you limited yourself to just one color or no color at all? If done correctly, that type of constraint can help enhance the design and make it stand out to the user. Limiting yourself to one color can help shape your brand while adding
constraints in terms of flexibility of design. With most websites having two-five colors that are used throughout the site, using just one color could make you stand out and be more memorable to viewers.

5) Overlapping design elements

Similar to broken grid layouts and asymmetry, having items overlap
each other can captivate viewers to specific types of content on a page. This
can bring an element of surprise as weʼve grown accustomed to elements
on a web page having their own space, separate from the elements around them (generally not touching one another). When done with careful implementation, the trend of overlapping elements on a page can help enhance the overall aesthetics of the site. This can also be challenging to execute given the mobile-first world we live in, as overlapping elements can cause confusion and frustration to users when elements overlap in the wrong ways.

What's next?

Check back in to see which design trend or trends we implement on a new mobile application we are designing/developing for the Minnesota based company Mc-Cubed. In a world with fewer and fewer in-person interactions, we are developing a new kind of social app, coming in May 2019.

17 Web Dev is a website, mobile app & software development agency. Our team is located in Jersey City, New Jersey. We develop full-stack websites, mobile apps, and native applications, working with clients from concept to production.

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