Design Trends: Past and Future

The only consistency with trends is ‘change’. As the global village continues to shrink by the virtue of the internet, the change in digital facets becomes more rapid and short-lived. Trends in design have seen the same paradigm shift in recent times. Some designs catch our eyes, some become our favourite, while some don’t suit our preferences. New designs quickly turn old and old ones make a comeback.

Let’s take a quick look at what has been the past trends in design and what the future holds for us.

Old is Gold

Everything from the good old days is returning as a popular trend- only better. Similarly, in the design world, old colors, themes, and formats are returning to take the internet by a storm. According to experts, as the unique trends strive to penetrate through the design market, we might be seeing more of old designs leaping forward and winning the industry.

The predictions related to the future of design is largely based on the trends of the past merged with the latest technological innovations, resulting in sophisticated vintage vibes all through the world wide web.

Future of Design Trends

The designs we see today are mostly pulled and recycled from the past. The popular concepts of retrograde designs, abstract, minimalism, or vintage are all that we have seen before, now only with advance technology. Apart from this, with state-of-the-art innovations in technology, design trends may incorporate highly advance features which would greatly simplify the UX and functionality of a website.

With such a paradigm in action, it is quite easy to predict what the future of design trends may be. Let’s dig into some of the possible trends that might lead in the near future!

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has made lives easier in almost all realms of life including design. The use of AI, chatbots, virtual assistance, etc. has been popular for quite some time but we might see more of it in the near future.

Tedious or complex processes would soon be completely simplified with the assistance of AI. In the coming future, you won’t need to scramble across a website or a mobile application to use a certain feature. Instead, AI will do all the work for you. Sounds convenient, right?


Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality has been prevalent for years now. However, its incorporation in design is somewhat limited till date. Nevertheless, with technological advancements and user’s demand to see unique designs, the day when AR or VR would dominate the web design is not too far.

It is possible that you will be able to use a web page in a 4-dimensional format using VR or AR or benefit from a product or service through VR and AR features. It is exciting to think of the wide range of possibilities such technology could open for both, businesses and users.


Back in the days, shadow art was common to give an illusion of depth and three-dimension. This trend is seen to make a comeback in recent times. In the same way, skeuomorphism is used to mimic the real-life features of products or services. This is one of the highly sought-after features in the design. Users engage more when they get a visual satisfaction through design elements and hence companies are looking forward to incorporate this element in their web design.

Hand Lettering

Years ago, people used to write the texts in ad prints with their hands. The meticulous craftsmanship in got lost with the emergence of digital interface and people switched to digitally printed texts and graphics.

However, the acceptance of imperfection has increased across the globe. Today, users love to see hand-written texts even on the digital front. Resultantly, hand-lettering can be predicted to make a comeback in the near future.


More white space, less clutter, only the important elements highlighted gives a very chic look to anything. This design has evolved in recent times and is here to stay. Minimalism is not merely a design format but a lifestyle that people seem to welcome with open arms.

Minimalism is one of the ground-breaking designs that is most likely to be incorporated and adhered to by many organizations looking to highlight specific values on their website or applications.


People are sick of reading, seriously. The need for instant and hassle-free information is tremendous among everyone. This is why infographics are the present and future of design. Using images and graphics to provide information and solution will take over all long-form content to improve the usability of the interface. Soon, long-form content might become redundant to the end-users who are most likely to consume content from short-form graphics.

Eradicating Overlays

Overlays or popups are the absolute terrors for internet users. People hate being interrupted or distracted with unprecedented popups. With the much-needed reality hit, UX/UI designers, as well as companies, have realized how annoying these overlays are and are working to eradicate them completely. This will not only help in increasing holistic conversions but also be a breath of fresh air for the users as they enjoy uninterrupted browsing through websites.


Designs on digital media are solely focused on establishing your brand image along with improving the user experience for your current and potential consumers. Along with such elements of design, it is vital to keep up with the current design trends to know what the market has to offer and what consumers like to consume. With the assistance of professional UX/UI designers, you will be able to create one of a kind design for your users and add great value to their experience on your website.

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