The design industry is moving at a fast pace, and as it moves, a good number of trends are introduced. For many designers, they see the need to adapt these trends and incorporate them into their designs. After all, nobody would love to be left behind — and trendy designers will help show you are on par with happenings in the industry. However, as you learn about new trends, you need to find out their impact on user experience and how they might complicate things for you.
We love trends and like following them. However, we do not do that blindly — we put into consideration, a good number of factors before accepting or rejecting a trend. For some trends, we follow suit but do so carefully. As a newbie designer, I will advise you not to follow all trends. In this article, I will be discussing the dangerous design trends in 2020.
Web designers are increasingly seeing the importance of minimalistic design and how they facilitate better user experience. A minimalistic website has its interface built upon functionality. Any element that does not have a function is removed. This makes it more usable and user-friendly. A good number of designers are already following this trend — however, this coincident with the trend of building colorful websites. The problem is, black and white, or a grey themed color goes well for minimalism. However, if you are trying to stick together with building colorful websites that follow the minimalism principle, then you have to be smart about doing this.
This is because finding the right color to incorporate into a minimalist website can be a pain in the neck. This is because each color must convey a specific message and emotions. Also, using color can make your use of space not to have the intended effect you expect. Also, in a way, if we all agree that minimalism is removing any non-essential feature from our design, then colors should also go. However, this does not mean you can’t produce a design with colorful minimalism in mind. However, you have to be purposeful and use colors in the proper way they should be used.
Using Brighter Colors
Another dangerous trend you shouldn’t follow is designing using brighter colors. I know, we are already tired of seeing those dull and uninspiring colors on web pages. Interestingly, a good number of color schemes have popped up, and they look beautiful when you look at them at first glance. But have you asked yourself how the color could affect a user that will have his eyes on them for long? Do you care about the overall effect the brighter colors will have on your users?
It might interest you to know that some of the designers must have done extensive research before incorporating brighter colors into their design. If you are not ready to do the same, then you have to be careful using brighter colors. Brighter colors can be uncomfortable to the eyes — especially when artificially created. There is a proper way of using brighter colors — you need to know about color psychology first.
I am sure you are tired of designing your piece with all those old rigid grid-based designs — and you are moving towards the modern style of asymmetric design. There is no doubt that this trend can even help new designers to create beautiful websites without even having an idea of what a grid is. Asymmetric layouts contribute to the general user experience one can enjoy from a website. However, you have to be careful not to get carried away and follow the trend blindly. You need to know what you are doing.
One thing with asymmetric design is that you need to spend a lot of time to actually know how to create asymmetric layouts — and get used to them. For some users, they might not even appreciate it at all if it does not go well with them. Also, you need to make sure no detail is lost as you try to create asymmetric layouts. One key takeaway you need to know to create proper asymmetric layouts is to maintain a balance between elements and structures.
There is no denying that typography is one of the most important aspects of design. While it could enhance readability, brands use it to show some level of creativity. One of the most important trendy typographic features is bold typography. Brands use them a lot to pass their unique message and make a lasting impression. It has become a trend, and a good number of designers are jumping on it. If you are interested in using bold typography in your design, you need to know that bold typography poses some serious challenges, such as making comprehension difficult and giving you out as too promotional.
When it comes to typography, you have to make use of simple fonts instead of unique ones. Simple fonts are better when bolder when compared to some unique fonts. You have to be very creative and be smart with your use of bold typography else; it will be a dangerous trend to follow. However, if you know how to make use of it, it can be very helpful.
Without following trends, you will find it difficult to create modern designers and satisfy the need of your clients. However, some trends can be dangerous, and if care is not taken, your design might get ruined when trying to follow a trend. The trends discussed above are the most popular dangerous trends you have to follow carefully.