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17 Unique Web Design Ideas to Explore for Your Website in 2017

The goal of every uniquely designed web page is to explore current technologies to create eye-catching concepts that greatly improve visual appeal and user experience, while simultaneously expressing the brand personality of the business or product.

Creative and experienced web designers apply a variety of techniques to express a couple or several of these set fantastic design ideas. They help to more effectively get across the main ideas of the message to the site visitor.

Essentially, the focused and dedicated web designer determines and chooses a web design idea or style that best suits the brand expression. But it doesn’t have to mean sticking to just one particular style; multiple unique web design ideas can be merged into a fine mesh.

Importantly too, web designers carefully select templates and modern webhosts, such as WPEngine, DigitalOcean  or A2Hosting that provide a good layout grid to make applying these innovative techniques easier and more accurate.

Here are some of the fantastic web design styles that are currently dominating web technology and which you can explore for your next website design or re-design.

1. Cartoons and illustrations

Cartoons and illustrations

Cartoons and illustrations have a way of bringing life and playful vigour to a web design. Since web design is a creative activity, just as much as drawings, they belong in the same real and work together very well to express messages and concepts better. This, incorporating cartoons and illustrations into a web page is one of the most creative and aesthetically pleasing techniques to present a brand’s message on the web.

Cartoons and illustrations can be hand-drawn or vector-based and the variety of styles is only limited by the web designer’s imagination.

2. Two tone colour

Two tone colourTwo tone colour

On the surface, suggesting using a two-colour tone in your web design doesn’t sound inspiring. But that’s only you apply it with a creative ingenuity.

Using a two colour tone in an imaginative and innovative way will allow more focus on other design elements on the page such as the layout and typography and on the whole make the site more inspiring.

This web design concept also makes the content more attractive to the visitor’s eye, as it fuses well with the minimalistic design style which naturally increases the user’s attention to the site message.

3. Dimmer tones

The use of darker, dimmer colour tones was another creative concept that dominated the web design space in 2016 and is set to continue. Designers played with multiple colours on web pages, but there was also a subtle shift towards less brighter shades.

Gradually, web designs dominated by white space became less and less popular in favour of shades and gradations of grays, patterns and textures. It’s now common to see websites that have a darker expression, where gradations of dimmer colours such as black and gray are fill the background to create a mood that bothers on gloom and bizarre.

4. Photo-realism

Everyone’s immediately familiar with this concept as it’s purely associated with realism. It resonates well with the audience and has an extra appeal to the page contents or messages. It’s a fantastic way to enhance and draw focus to the page elements, especially when it’s used as a large background image.

5. Transparency


Transparency enhances the readability and focus on the texts on a page when placed above images. The technique also allows a part of the image to be visible below the text so the web user can still, to a large degree, see and appreciate the full image.

Transparency is now a more widely used concept in web design, with the use of IE6 declining and techniques of creating transparent PNG files in IE6. In fact some website owners allow it to be heavily applied on their sites.

6. Beautiful typography

Ultimately a good choice of typography helps enhance readability of texts on the page, but creative and experienced designers know how to use it as a major design element to increase the aesthetic appeal and user-responsiveness of the page. So, ultimately also, great typography is an artform and can be creatively used to more powerfully communicate a message or an idea.

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With web tools such as Typekit, web designers can now arrange typefaces on web page or use mage replacement techniques to tweak the look or effect of any font.

7. Textures and patterns

The right types, colours and shapes of textures and patterns can help add the right depth to a web design. The most common application of this technique is to use it as big background image or smaller, repeated images.

8. More in-depth background and patterns

Modern web designers now use more of a variety of backgrounds and patterns in their work, including stripes, dots and dashes.

The most commonly used ‘backgrounding’ technique is the grid pattern, which is taken in web design as a “frame” for the other elements of the layout. Using the parallax principle, these other elements are moved over the grid and arranged in a chaotic manner.

9. Nature

Using natural concepts in a web design creates a connection with the environment and inspires a feeling of being simple and practical. It also evokes an organic character about the page.

10. Abstract artform

The abstract artform is a very creative technique as it gives the designer the freedom he needs to explore his artistic instincts. It can appear shapeless or with a form and meanings are interpreted or attached according to the viewer’s perspective. It could even have no meaning at all and simply used to achieve an eye-catchy visual effect on the design.

As a result, abstraction is the most dynamic creative design technique as it often means each design takes on a more unique and memorable character. Creative and experienced web designers can apply the abstraction technique to achieve stunning effect on the page.

11. Retro design

Retro design

Retro is coming back too in a fairly new design style that’s mostly used on web pages selling antique products or services, or that originates from the early 20th century to the 1970’s era. It gets more interesting as the designer has to creatively infuse bits of modern UX techniques whilst to interpreting the old.

12. Minimalism

The objective of minimalistic web design style is to eliminate fluffs and flowery design elements to streamline focus on the basic elements of the page in a simple and attractive way. It helps to keep off potential distractions and narrows elements to their most basic forms.

And it’s a style that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, as it was a natural design reaction to all the ‘noise’ and excesses that dominated the web both in web designs and information flow.

And if the aim of goal of your website is to showcase your portfolio of creative works, minimalism is your best bet to clear all the distractions and focus the reader’s attention on what’s important.

13. Flat design

Flat design is a variety of minimalism that emphasizes usability. It uses clean, free spaces, bright colours, crisp edges and flat or two dimensional drawings.

Microsoft was one of the pioneers of the flat design concept to its interface. Instead of recreating a real-life element, such as a calendar, as a small, realistic drawing, flat design uses apps with a simple, icon-like interface. Rather than bringing elements of real life to images, flat design demonstrates a clear distinction between technology and concrete objects.

14. Single page design

Single page designs aren’t a new favourite, but its continued use shows most users find it more practical and convenient.

But that doesn’t suggest it doesn’t have its own drawbacks too, just as other web design trends. However, with our every shortening attention span on the digital space. The single page design style caters well for this user behaviour particularly where hundreds and thousands of websites spring up every day.

It should, however, be noted that the single page design concept doesn’t fit every website style or vision. To use this style to great effect, make sure the objective of your website is well defined and matches the concept. Your contents can as well fit in conveniently and practically, and your design layout is interesting.

15. Contrasting typefaces

One other web design trend that has been featuring strongly since 2016 is the pairing of typefaces to achieve stronger contrast — as compared to the previous style of pairing soft, harmonious headlining fonts.

The contrasts were further enhanced with other creative variations in the typeface elements such as size and colour. At other times, or in combination, large and stylish typefaces were paired with simple, geometric fonts; or geometric typeface headers were used with serif fonts in the paragraph or body of the message.

16. Asymmetry

For a long time, symmetry defined web designing, but that rule is now being broken for a more innovative and dynamic asymmetric layout styles that are not perfectly balanced.

17. Card design and grid layouts

Card design and grid layouts

This dynamic grid style was first popularized by Pinterest and has continued to dominate web design trends. Its uniqueness is in the way it manages to create a mood of simplicity, organisation, flexibility and responsiveness.

Understanding the Importance of Web Design

Understanding the Importance of Web Design

If you’re ready to overhaul your current website, it’s normal to feel wary about investing in the cost of help from a website builder or team or professional web developers. However, in most cases, the cost of investing in website repair and maintenance is well worth it due to the impact that a website has on a business. Below, you’ll find a few of the most important functions that your website serves, as well as a few tips on how to get a great site.
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6 Reasons to Turn Your Designing Passion into a Career

Before anything else, let’s explain the concept of design and what it truly is. This way you will be able to understand everything that I’m going to mention today much better. If you misinterpret what design is, you won’t understand whether or not you are actually passionate about it and whether what you are doing is actually design.

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How to create an eye-catching and efficient logo

How to create an eye-catching & efficient logo

A logo is a key element of any brand design, and there’s no need to explain that it’s of paramount importance. To shed light on the issue we’ve decided to share our personal experience in working with different clients and different domains and to explain how to create an eye-catching & efficient logo.
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11 Ways to Boost your Sales with B2C Digital Marketing

11 Ways to Boost your Sales with B2C Digital Marketing

B2C stands for Business-to-Customer and B2C Digital Marketing is used to promote the goods and services among the customers. B2C marketing not only depends on the value of the product but also needs a relation to the emotional responses of the users. The exponentially growing number of the Internet users across the globe signifies a bright future of B2C Digital Marketing. You need to know about your target audience and anticipate your marketing strategies accordingly. Presenting your product online gives you a better opportunity to reach a larger number of customers.

Digital Marketing is not an easy task to perform, you need to have a proper knowledge of your customers and their requirements. Here are some useful ways that can help you boost your sales using B2C Digital Marketing –

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Top 10 Footer Designs Examples of Responsive Websites

There is a common saying, “All’s well that ends well”. Now let’s co-relate this quote in context to a website, you will get – website is well that ends well! And, here the Footer is referred to as the end of the website. Keeping aside this satire, let us dig into the principles of footer web designs.

A Glimpse To The Bygone Days Of Footer

According to some conventional perceptions of the web design industry, most people think that bottom section of the web page is least important. Not only the users, but a huge section of web users is too convinced with this wrong ideology. They believed that the elements at the bottom of the web page play no significant role to attract visitors onto the website and which is why footers are often relegated as a poorly designed space for copyright information, legal disclaimers, and “back to the top” links.
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Digging Up Flat UI Design And Its Key Principles

The inception of flat design has created a great buzz among the entire design community. It possesses a great place in the digital world as it has revolutionized both web and mobile designs with an optimal approach.

There are numerous factors that have contributed to the need of a minimalist design. To better understand its massive popularity across the globe and its usage, let’s ponder into its history.

A flat design is completely opposite to the skeuomorphic design approach. It simply corresponds exactly to its name “FLAT” and thus, doesn’t possess any 3D component. This means flat design doesn’t embrace any visual depth in the UI elements.
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Responsive Web Design Trends That Will Rule 2015

Every year, new concept in the web designing comes up. Last year, the flat design, minimalist color scheme, background videos, 3D transition effects and many more designing techniques were introduced. It was superb year for responsive web designing. Indeed, the year 2015 will be full of amazing responsive web designing concepts that will bring the biggest revolution in the web designing industry. Indeed, those designing concepts will become the trendsetters of 2015. What are those trends, this blog presents glimpse over the 2015’s responsive web design trends.

Let’s Explore the list of Web design Trends of 2015:
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Beautiful fonts, icons, vectors for designer in January 2015

For a long time ago, I’m not listing the graphics and resources for designers which improve your products value. Since this month, it’s back and it’s complete free. I know how much designers love free content, whether it is for inspiration or to actually use them for their next project.
Take a look, I’m sure you’ll find one or two things to satisfy yourself! You can find new patterns, icons, textures, badges, graphic designs, and templates.
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