Top Web Design Trends for 2019

Let’s be honest, web design trends are moving much faster than most people would like but at the same time, the world is a much more beautiful place with some of the latest tends out there. It’s true, automation is slowly improving the online world and with unique illustrations and more detail, websites in general are a lot easier on the eye.

But what can we expect in the upcoming year in terms of web design trends?

Let’s take a closer look at the facts and some of the most effective web design trends for 2019:

Top Web Design Trends for 2019


Mobile First and Everything Else Second

Web design is changing at lightening pace and even the word “responsive” can seem a little outdated. Now, that’s not to say responsive no longer matters but simply top point out that websites need to be far more than just responsive to stay relevant and efficient in 2019.

On the other hand, progressive advancement and graceful degradation sound a little more contemporary or up-to-date. More importantly, the comparison between these two give reason for thought in the same way that responsive design did just a few years ago.

As you know, responsive web design simply means that a website will fit the screen and change according to various devices. Needless to say, this improves and simplifies the user experience.

Progressive advancement refers to a process in which the website is designed for lower browsers in a very basic form and then improved upon to make the site more advanced for tablets and PC. Meanwhile, graceful degradation starts by creating an advanced version of the website on desktop and then simplifying this experience for browsers with a lower capability.

However, the problem with graceful degradation is that designers are severely restricted when they start work on the mobile version. After all, they are now stripping down a superior design and creating a simpler version which merely resembles the original without the same functions.

For this reason, mobile first is the way forward in 2019 and the best option for web designers who want to create the ultimate mobile experience and then go about upgrading this even further for desktop.

Chatbots for Interaction and Discreet CTA’s

If you’re like me, you think that artificial intelligence is highly effective and if you listen to Elon Musk, you might even think it’s about to take over the world. Whether AI takes over the world or not, chatbots will be highly important to web design in the upcoming year.

You see, there is now an entire industry dedicated to chatbots and experts predict a market value of $1.3 billion just five years from now. In fact, most major companies and websites are already using chatbots from Facebook and Ebay to a deep black hole called Amazon.

But why are chatbots so important for web design?

Chatbots improve and increase user engagement. If designed the right way, these chatbots are highly effective at retaining customers and providing valuable information without delay. That is to say, conventional customer service is unable to match the speed of chatbots and as long as the information is accurate, most customers care more about receiving this data rather than how it came about.

As if that’s not enough, chatbots are thought to be less intrusive than a standard call-to-action (CTA). After all, most people are tired of the same old prompts to register, signup or buy now and more likely to interact with a useful chatbot through which they can find the most relevant information.

Long Form Content and the Slow Death of Sidebars

When Google released the Medic Update this year, it showed a clear preference for websites with long form content. Interestingly, long form content was often the most confusing and infuriating to read! However, times have changed and as the speed of internet continues to increase, it’s much easier to publish this type of content without it appearing like a slow and cluttered mess.

At the same time, web design can certainly enhance the experience and one way to do this is by using wide pages with less clutter on the screen. Yes, this includes the beloved sidebar and as we move to mobile first, we might be witnessing the slow death of the sidebar completely.

As you know, search rankings are essential for every website and so the importance of simplicity needs to be respected going forward. With this in mind, imagery and infographics are certain to become even more important for long form content and essential for containing a ten-page article within just two or three pages.

Although long form content is usually the product of a writer, web designers will need to respect this trend in 2019 and keep things simplified – especially when it comes to a blog.

Typography for Increased Personality

You might be familiar with Buzzfeed or Mashable and the large typography they use between images. There was a time when large letters and elegant font would have been unacceptable for most websites but opinion has clearly shifted and custom typography is on the rise.

You see, at a time when content is everywhere and saturation is high, typography is now one of the quickest ways to make a web page stand out. It’s true, you need interesting content to capture the reader’s attention but custom fonts can bring even more personality to the words and create a much stronger bond with readers in the process. As if that’s not enough, contrasting fonts can be used for headings and sub-headings and we all know how much Google likes to see a clear and structured set of headings.

In case you might be asking yourself, the likes of Buzzfeed or Mashable are not great examples of this process but for a little inspiration, click here or here or for something more retro – here!

Custom Illustrations for Story-Driven Content

Just a few years ago, Instagram Stories amassed more than 100 million users within a month and more than 300 million monthly users just a few years later. It was the start of a meteoric rise for the platform and pretty much the end of Snapchat. In fact, recent studies show that 45% of professional marketers are now utilizing Instagram as part of the content marketing plan.

But why am I telling you this?

Well, story-driven content was the most successful marketing tactic last year and there’s every reason to suggest this trend will continue. More specifically, an image is worth a thousand words and custom illustrations are the perfect tool for storytelling.

With this in mind, you should see that web design with integrated custom illustrations is far more likely to increase engagement. What’s more, custom illustrations tend to increase dwell time which is highly important for search rankings. In other words, the longer an online user stays on a certain page, the higher Google will rank this page in search results.

At the same time, custom illustrations just look better and while they tend to be more memorable than text, they are often more accurate when it comes to portraying a certain message or identity for the website.

Either way, custom illustrations are already popular and this trend is sure to continue in 2019.

As you can see, web design trends continue to change and there is now a clear preference for function over form. In other words, websites and procedures might look really nice but without the right functionality, they serve as little more than negligent distractions to the average online user.

Total Restoration Group Louisville

Samantha was starting a new business for her mental health therapy practice, Total Restoration Group Louisville. She came to us and we were able to put together a simple website that promoted all of her services and targeted her audience. The site is set up to funnel visitors to goal conversions while maintaining design aesthetic. The cool slanted background adds to the design and draws the eye down to the contact forms, increasing goal conversion and appointment setting.

Spencer County Physical Therapy

Becky and Lisa from Spencer County Physical Therapy were in need of a website redesign. We put together a simple, yet informative, website to show off all the great work they do with physical therapy. The great thing about websites and the internet is that small businesses can compete with larger corporations, and we were able to create a site for Spencer County Physical Therapy that put them on an equal playing field with larger hospital networks in the region. If you need help with your site, or want to put your new business on the internet, contact us for quick, affordable, and helpful service.

Is There a Goldmine in Influencer Marketing?

For the love of short stories, I’ll go ahead to say, “yea, there is a goldmine in influencer marketing”. As a matter of fact, it is a relatively untapped goldmine. While the majority of internet business owners are channeling resources into driving traffic from SEO and social media ads, the minority are reaping the rewards of affordable influencer marketing.

You might be asking “what is influencer marketing?” Influencer marketing is a form of digital marketing where internet business owners (mostly those with products to sell) hire highly influential social media users to promote their stuff to their followers or audience. It’s similar to paying an email marketer with a large email list to blast emails about your business his contacts for a fee. Like every other form of internet marketing, you must find a winning strategy to reap the full benefits of influencer marketing.

MOST COMMON FORMS OF INFLUENCER MARKETING

Testimonial Video

Nearly every social media platform allows the upload of multimedia content — including videos. Influencer may upload a testimonial video explaining and narrating a sales-oriented description of product or services being advertised. This strategy works effectively since videos are maybe the most contents out there. The use of testimonial videos is usually the priciest form of influencer marketing.

Shout Outs

This is the most common form of influencer marketing and is often less expensive. All it takes here is a shout out to the product, service, website or social media page of the client. It comes as a text post for Twitter & Facebook, or picture post for Instagram. Shout outs are good for a low budget campaign.

RECOMMENDED STRATEGIES TO ADOPT

Research The Influencer’s Followers/Audience

So much as influencer marketing can guarantee engagement, you do want to make actual sales. If you hire an influencer with followers over 40 years of age and advertise fidget spinners, you’ll get views but maybe zero sales. Age range is just one of many factors to consider; gender, interests and hobbies all count here. An easy way to find this out is looking into the public profile of prospective influencer, his followers probably like what he likes. So, as much as you can, do a quick research into prospective influencer’s followers to see if you are a good fit.

Let the Campaign Run A Little While

This is important if you’re just getting into influencer marketing. Shell out a few bucks to let the campaign run for a while, at least, a week. While you’re at it, be on the lookout for days and hours that sell better than others. This knowledge will come in handy in helping you spend more effectively in the future.

Remember how we started off saying influencer marketing is relatively untapped? It means unlike most opportunities on the internet, there is no sign of saturation yet. It is totally affordable and effective. There’s no harm in exposing your business to an extra source of traffic.

 

Big Four Bridge Arts Festival

An incredible new art festival is coming to Louisville and Design Web is proud to be a part of it. Our crew at Design Web put together a great website, and our experts are running social media and digital marketing for the festival. We’ve already seen a tremendous response of volunteers, artists, and vendors who are excited to join up for the inaugural event happening on September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2017.

First Friday Hop

The First Friday Hop is an incredibly popular Downtown Louisville event that has been running for almost 20 years. Design Web was brought on to help with social media, SEO, marketing, event organization, and web design and web development for the project. Our very own Jael Roed is responsible for a majority of the work done on the First Friday Hop in 2016, growing the event and increasing attendance through promotions such as Pokemon Hop and Day of the Dead. Our work on the website features high-end user functionality with many add-ons, including a gig calendar, mailing list, member profiles, and other functionality. We look forward to growing the event even more in 2017!

Louisville Butchertown

We created a quick, one-page website to highlight Butchertown, its history, and its businesses due to the expansion of the Republic Bank First Friday Hop to now include Butchertown. The many features of the site include an email signup, event calendar, and linkbacks for all the area businesses.

Bourbonist

At Design Web, we love all things bourbon. Our love of bourbon inspired us to create this amazing website that celebrates Downtown Louisville and the many bourbon bars and restaurants. We hope that visitors and residents of Louisville can use this website to find the best bourbon foods, drinks, and merchandise.

Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show

Jeff Wright and his family of dogs came to us with a need for a new website and help setting up his social media accounts. We were able to help him design and develop an attractive new website that will help improve his search engine optimization. Our social media expert was also able to build his social media profile, allowing him to promote his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at his various events.

Louisville’s Holiday In The City

Working with Louisville Downtown Partnership and other members of Louisville Metro, we put together a simple landing page for their Holiday in the City event. Louisville’s Holiday in the City promotes holiday happenings and events throughout Downtown Louisville. The website we created has user interaction in mind, with all the relevant content about the events up front, making them super-easy to find. We also created a countdown clock so that no one will miss the start of the annual holiday event, which kicks off with Light Up Louisville.