Top 8 Web Design Trends For 2009

Let’s first take a closer look at some of the trends we identified, discovered and observed over the last months. In this overview, you’ll find a review of each trend and more beautiful examples that can inspire you in your next project.

1. Out-of-the-box layouts
The overall creative approach is often more important and more memorable than the attention to details.

2. One-Page Layouts
Layouts that use one single page to present the content of the website.

3. Multi-Column Layouts
When designed properly, multi-column designs can be really helpful to visitors because they are given (hopefully) a better overview of the available navigation options and can more quickly find the information they are looking for.

4. Huge Illustrations And Vibrant Graphics
Illustrations have taken up much more space than before and usually supplement huge typography, and they are more attractive, more vivid and therefore more memorable to visitors.

5. More White Space Than Ever
White space dominates many designs and is used generously to improve the flow of articles and structure of websites.

6. “Social” Design Elements
Social icons are usually put all over the place, often in the top right of articles or at the bottom of the post.

7. “Speaking” Navigation
The most significant task a navigation menu has to accomplish is to unambiguously guide visitors through different sections of a website. So that visitors perceive content as being easy to navigate, the navigation is often structured with blocks of the same height and width.

8. Dynamic Tabs
One of the most popular trends in interactive design is having a tabbed area whose content can be changed dynamically.

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