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Web Design Trends for 2010

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Welcome to the new decade! In the last decade we have witnessed a new emergence of the world wide web, specially after the dot com bubble-burst. This new emergence not only marked newer and more innovative applications of the internet and it’s contents, it also opened up a whole new galaxy of trendy, stylish and useful designs. And ever since, we have seen plenty of world class designers and websites predicting newer trends in the beginning of a year. The new decade 2010 is also not devoid of them. Some of these predictions are surely hot as everyone has the same opinion about them, while some predictions differ.

So here’s what we would be keeping an eye on mostly this year -

Popular Trend Predictions

Oversized Logo or Header: This is an essential replacement of splash pages. Over-sized logos and headers would deliver important key messages to visitors without requiring them to click on anything. It would necessarily target to create a visual impact easily recognized and remembered.

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I do remember trying do develop this effect in some promotional blogs back in 2006 for the company I used to work then, but it was not accepted at that point of time. Good it’s coming up now!

Sketch / Hand-drawn design: We have seen this trend into existence for a while, but not in plenty. Designers across the globe are sure that this trend would become an elemental part in web design in the year ahead.


Typography: This remains with its problems. Using varied typography in designs and mixing them up is quite experimental so far. The main reason behind this is usability. It would hence remain a primary experimental part of web design in the year ahead.


Single Page Layouts: As the rush increases and people have lesser time to look around web sites, one page layouts would be one of the main trends in 2010. However, this trend would largely be effective for personal sites and not for corporate designs.


Large Images: 2010 will see the use of larger images as a close relative to the oversized header or logo. These images would not be an integrated part of the website’s branding, but will be used to create the same visual impact.


Modal Boxes: These boxes are already everywhere that matters. All the big websites use them and they are becoming more and more popular with each passing day. Basically a cleaner version of the old pop-ups, these javascript boxes are easy to design and use making them a great design as well as usability feature – a sure shot trend for 2010.


Intro Boxes: A twitter style for about us pages, well that’s how I see it. No more lengthy about us pages in 2010, but simply a few lines of condensed information about who you are. That’s intro boxes and though we’ll probably still see a lot of about pages along with it, it’s surely en vogue


Magazine Layouts: All of you who’s been keeping a track of WordPress lately would already be aware of the rise of magazine styled themes. This is predicted largely due to the increase in the migration of more people from orthodox traditional media to online media. This layout offers familiarity for all those people and also offers contents in a more organized pattern. Specially with the launch of WordPress 2.9 designing magazine styled layouts have become easier and we could surely see a lot more of them in action in 2010.

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And More Trends

Retro: Retro designs have been here for quite a while and everybody loved them. They would continue to be in 2010.

Minimalism: Once again an evergreen favorite. I have never come across anyone who said he / she disliked minimalistic designs. Over the years, minimalism has become more stylish and they would sure continue.

Nature Inspired: I don’t know if it’s the growing global concern for eco-friendly environment or simply fresh looks, but nature themed and inspired websites have recently become a trend to watch out for.

Oversized Footers: Footers have definitely changed over the years. It’s now yet another zone in design where contents show up. Oversized footers with useful display of contents and designs mixed should become something to watch out for.

Trendy Icons: This is not a new trend, stylish icons have been there for quite a while and we all hope they would keep being there.

That’s mostly what’s gonna keep us busy for the coming year. These predictions are made by some of the popular websites and designers and we hope to keep an eye on them. If you are a designer yourself, pick a cue and get happy designing in 2010.

Posted by Ranadeep   @   2 January 2010 34 comments
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Jan 2, 2010
9:33 pm

Happy new year everybody. Thanks for these post, really useful :)

Jan 3, 2010
4:57 am
#2 stis :

Not a bad review. Much of the review, I have used in my projects.

Jan 3, 2010
11:04 am

Nice review, but I would rather title it “things that will be commonly used in 2010 web design” since most of them are quite present in many sites already.

Jan 3, 2010
2:20 pm


Very Nice post, I found this news feed from my Technorati upcomming News feed section, it’s really fantastic post and usefull all of us.

Keep it up.


Jan 4, 2010
2:32 am
#5 Rob Whelan :

I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of these examples are portfolio websites of graphic designers or web dev companies. This isn’t an effect limited to only this article, of course.

I have to think that the requirements for a portfolio site are quite different from those of a “real” site that needs to function as more than a super-fancy business card.

What are the trends for those kinds of sites? (Do they differ?)

Jan 4, 2010
1:32 pm

Great list…. thank you

Jan 6, 2010
8:05 pm

I think the separate elements are not new but overall new design must be clean, bright, and well organized with white space well utilized and big and bold fonts/images. But remember mobile usage is and will further explode. Screen size is a limitation even if Smart Phone processing power is not – ie. Google HTC Nexus. Tampa Web Design

Jan 6, 2010
8:40 pm

Clean, bright design with good use of white space should be the new standard. Minimalist design with use of fonts as design itself. This will help speed of loading and that helps with search and Smart Phones accessing the site. Mobile smart phone usage set to explode ie Google HTC Nexus.

Jan 7, 2010
9:55 am

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Jan 12, 2010
8:21 pm
#10 SMiGL :

Good collection. Year has just begun, and the trend is already clear. :)

Jan 17, 2010
7:03 am


You have a Great Blog, I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep it up.


Feb 24, 2010
9:44 pm

I would like to see more over-sized headers and logo graphics and I fully agree that WP magazine layouts will become more popular. However, I think it’s more to do with the rise and importance of “self-publishing” online for SEO/Promotion rather than a simple shift of traditional media to online.

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