Web Design Trends for 2010

By / Nov 2, 2009 / Tips

With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to pack away the old, worn web designs and prepare for the brave, new face of tomorrow. Although trends don’t start and stop on January 1st, there is a definite shift from what we craved at the beginning of the year to what we are seeking tutorials for at the end of the year. Most of the time, this shift is subtle. It’s a perfection or re-interpretation of a currently hot trend. Trends help us evolve as designers. As we master the skills of design aesthetic, we continue to push forward to what’s next or what needs to be fully discovered.

Make no mistake about it, you will recognize the ideas behind these trends. Although this list isn’t a drastic departure from what was popular in 2009, it marks different trends that will be expanded upon and made better as a result. As you think of how you will incorporate new trends into your designs, focus on the main idea of each trend. Be encouraged to dabble into these trends so that you become part of the movement.

1. Oversized Logos/ Headers

Splash pages are so yesterday. To make an unforgettable impression on the visitor, the trend for 2010 will be oversized logos on an equally oversized header. These types of headers can take up the entire screen, but with one important note. Visitors will not need to click anything, just scroll down. Visitors often having a clicking phobia (due to years of poor navigation), so big headers do the job of a splash page without forcing your visitors to click anything.

Main Idea: Huge headers that make your visitors remember you.

2. Sketch/ Hand-drawn Design

Hand-drawn design is not exactly new on the horizon, but we all know that it is still on the fringes of web design. Many designers admire the style but are afraid to create their own sketches because of the “I can’t really draw” attitude. If you look at the most popular hand-drawn websites (and relative to other types of trends, there are only a few), you will notice that most of your fellow designers can’t draw. These designs are not exactly headed to an art museum, but they do convey a sense of whimsy, and blur the line between cold web and personal interaction– the ultimate goal of the internet. If you can doodle, you can sketch for web design.

Sketch in 2010 will become more elemental, and not as much the main focus of a web design. It will be used to personalize standard web copy in new and exciting ways.

Main Idea: Sketch becomes an elemental part of corporate design.

3. Slab Typefaces

Slab typefaces are relatively new, although they’ve been around for over 200 years in traditional media. To get a good visual definition of slab typefaces, think of the old Wild West “Wanted” posters. Those bold letters are slab typefaces. Slab typeface is commonly all capital letters and are bold and imposing. Many designers have shied away from slab typefaces in the past because logos and headers were smaller and more understated. However, combined with the trend toward larger headers, slab typefaces demand the reader to take notice.

Main Idea: Slab typefaces is used to bravely express who you are.

4. Typography

Typography is one of the most difficult trends to tackle which is why it will remain fresh in 2010. With all the cries for usability, web designers are afraid of using new and different fonts. The idea of mixing varying font sizes together is completely unthinkable. Fonts are meant to be explored, twisted, and molded to fit your purposes. With the correct placement, a website that utilizes Typography as its main design element will be more interesting to a reader than overloading the same site with tons of photos.

Main Idea: Typography is young, but will continue to be a part of web design.

5. One Page Layouts

One pay layouts challenge you to edit away what’s unnecessary. In 2010, this trend will move away from the quirky navigation and become more minimal in its approach. Think of these websites as business cards. These websites will be more of a one-stop-shop for how to locate you and your work on various other sites– your blog and your social media hangouts.

Main Idea: One page layouts will be more about personal profiles and less corporate.

6. Huge Images

A close relative to the oversized logo/ header, the huge image does much the same thing. It creates an visual impact that the visitor won’t soon forget. Unlike the oversized header from above, huge images are not part of the site’s branding. Instead, these images draw the visitor into your site, if not for their content then for their humongous size. In 2010, web designers will find themselves more comfortable using these big statements in their design to convey the site’s tone.

Main Idea: Huge images will be used to invite visitors in.

7. Change of Perspective

As we’ve discussed before, the desktop perspective has been done to death. 2010 will see a definite change in perspective to a more realistic view. There may also be a move toward side-shot aerial.

Main Idea: 2010 will play around with different perspectives.

8. Interactive/ Intuitive Design

Flash has seen better days. There was a time when you couldn’t visit a website without running into an annoying Flash interface. These days Flash is a lot more relaxed and much more professional. Although some designers prefer jQuery for forms and popups, Flash still has its place in design, especially when done subtly. Flash still has no equal to its interactivity. In 2010, web designers will move toward the more redeeming elements of Flash. Because the average visitor is more web savvy these days, designers will also create sites that are slightly more intuitive than in the past.

Main Idea: Interactive design will make a come-back.

9. Modal Boxes

Modal boxes are a trend that’s picking up steam and will be virtually everywhere in 2010. A modal box is like the popup’s more sophisticated older brother– it’s smooth, good looking and popular. Modal boxes are so easy to design and easy to use, making them the perfect solution for any designer concerned with usability.

Main Idea: Modal boxes will continue to pop up in 2010 designs.

10. Minimalism

Forget the old school minimal websites. Websites of 2010 will continue to feature lots of white space but with bold typology and surprising color schemes. Not all minimal websites will agree with the notion of black and white simplicity. Although minimalism is by nature muted, it will also showcase fresh colors. Minimalism isn’t cold, it’s warm and too the point.

Main Idea: Minimalism will venture into typology.

11. Oversized Footer

Oversized footers may be everywhere already, but 2010 will find them even more exaggerated. The footers of tomorrow will be less of an after-thought and more of an integral part of the design. Look for footers that feature contain random information, such as feed updates from various social media, daily polls, and Flickr feeds.

Main Idea: Oversized Footers will feature less important, but more personal information.

12. Retro

Retro designs are here to stay. Although a lot of the design community admires retro web design, it can be difficult to fully embrace this style without coming across “undone.” The key to retro designs is to be inspired by its tone and underlying playfulness. In 2010, retro design will be expanded as designers find new ways to honor vintage art.

Main Idea: Retro is new.

13. Intro Boxes

“Hi, my name is…” will find an even bigger stage in 2010 as designers recognize the beautiful simplicity of introducing yourself to your visitor. If you’re struggling with making a creative “About” page, the intro box will be your best bet. It forces you to condense who you are into a relatively small about of space. In 2010, intro boxes will push its own boundaries. Instead of the boring hello, designers will find new pick-up lines. And, instead of the left-flanked intro block, 2010 will see boxes in unusual placement, perhaps even in the middle of a page.

Main Idea: New ways to say “hello.”

14. Magazine Layouts

As more and more people migrate from the comforts of traditional press to online infotainment, designers are challenged to welcome them in with an easy transition. There is a move toward the magazine layout, where information is carefully organized on a single home page, giving the visitor an opportunity to explore as interested. The familiar layout will appeal to appeal to anyone who’s ever read a magazine or newspaper, but it will also be easier to use– no flipping pages! In 2010, magazine layout will become very huge for blogs in particular.

Main Idea: Magazine layouts will be used for infotainment sites.

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  • http://www.holadesign.blogspot.com monica from hola!design

    excellent post! I really like the One Page Layouts. I think I’m doing that for my own website…

  • http://mynameisjay.com Jay

    Erm.. I think most of these have been trendy since late 2008, and some are even losing their trendiness (grungy hand drawn stuff)

    Good post, though I like a lot of the designs you listed.

    One thing you could mention that staticly placed “feedback” or “contact” tab to the left of the page. I see it everywhere!

  • misty

    whoah… thanks for these.. would love to try hand-drawn designs.. :) hmmmmm

  • http://www.gangavalli.com/ Vamsi

    I guess hand drawn designs are the most expensive amongst all, unless the alternative is very impressive.

  • http://www.designfollow.com/ designfollow

    thaks for this info.

  • http://www.vtechtip.com Computer Video Tutorials

    Wow, great informations. I think I must change template follow with these trends :)

  • http://www.itsselvam Selvam

    Nice round up…..thanks

  • http://ejnord.com eric nord

    great examples!

  • http://www.iaido-nord.de/index-e.php ConnyLo

    very interesting post for me. Thank you! How about a simular post like: »this is out«? Could be funny.

  • http://www.dead-pixel.de Moritz Gießmann

    Nice list, but nothing new and for sure no design trends for 2010. These trends exist already.

  • http://www.theswingdj.com Hutch

    Typology? Don’t you mean typography?

  • http://feignedinsanity.com Rizwan

    Hi, Like the article. Its a lot of observation. Many of these trends have branched out from the popular trends we saw in the earlier years. A couple of years back modal windows were fancy features but now everyone has them

  • http://www.toucouleur.fr/ Toucouleur

    I’m nearly think Julien Morel (twitter.com/heyjoolz) will be proud of being one of the top of Web Designer trends :)

    Nice selection by the way. It’s a shame Ma.tt is much more popular than Toucouleur.fr but I admit Matt & Julien’s work for this blog was impressive.

  • http://www.ademaweb.nl jeroen

    looks like 2009 trends to me..

  • David

    Hmz… never heard of typology either.. can’t find much about it on google (well, loads, but not typography related). I thought I knew a bit about type, but never heard of that. Also have to agree with Jay that a lot of these trends have been around for a while now. Although a nice article, I think it might better just be called “design trends”.
    But thanks for the read anyway! =)

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    Thanks, I was just looking for an article like this.

    So you think personal / random info will migrate to the footer, replacing site navigation stuff?

  • B

    Nothing there looks new or suprising, it’s all been here for a while. Stil , a very good article.

    PS. Hope the unoriginal “hello , i design beatifull websites” bit will go away soon…

  • http://eugen.io Eugenio Grigolon

    This is awesome! Thank you for this list, it’s very helpful.

  • http://www.infinite-style.com Michael

    I absolutely love the idea of one page layouts.

  • http://www.peterhintondesign.co.uk Peter Hinton

    Great post and good observation. Thanks

  • http://animusmedia.com Raj

    Excellent post!.. thanks and I cant wait to design my new website rajendrankp.com :)

  • http://www.kamikazemusic.com/blog Dave Sparks

    More of a round up of trends at the end of 2009, I’m hoping there’ll be something new by 2010!
    Still a nice post and round up of some currently popular techniques at least.

    My 2010 predictions – CSS3 stuff, gradients transforms, text shadow

  • danny

    I think the only one you nailed as a trend for NEXT year is the change of perspective. The rest are already thriving.

  • http://www.imagomedia.be Tom Hermans

    More or less these trends were/are very visible in 2009. I’m not reading very much new things here.

    A nice list though, with some pretty examples.


  • http://somebodysomeone.org Jef

    It looks like to be 2009 trends to me, except for the change of perspective trend, which I haven’t seen often on the web. But this is a good post, it is a review of all the website that we call “nice” 😉

  • http://savedelete.com Jaspal

    really a wonderful post … its really exciting to see the work and quality in design now a days. One page layouts & magazine layouts are my favorites

  • http://www.clecompte.com Chris

    I don’t think Flash will make a comeback anytime soon. Simple interactive solutions such as jQuery can accomplish what’s needed and they’re growing at enormous rates. Flash is closed..owned by Adobe..and the barriers to entry in learning Flash are a little high.

  • http://greatgraphicone.blogspot.com Bill McEntee

    Thanks Jacqueline!

    This is a very enjoyable article. (actually, it’s too good; I spent too much time enjoying it)


  • ATL

    Oh dear god…Don’t encourage people to do more “Hello, I’m a designer and my name is..” intros. So overdone and unoriginal.

  • http://www.subprint.com Joe

    No disrespect, but I don’t think any of these will be future design trends, but quite the opposite. These are all being implemented currently across the web.

  • Jim

    You’re kidding me with this post, right? I can sum up your entire article:

    Web Design Trends for 2010: Same as 2009.

    Take a risk man.

  • http://www.dotndot.com dotndot

    Very interesting post.Very useful one.

  • http://www.lichtathlet.de Mike

    2010: Design vs. Usability – the fight continues… 😉

  • http://www.angeloff.net/blog angeloff

    Very nice post. Simple and nice.

  • http://www.mnteractive.com Darrel

    4. Typology

    I think you meant:

    4. Typography

  • http://www.mplswebguy.com Tony

    I completely agree with Chris – jQuery is more valuable than Flash. jQuery give you lots of options for fades/motion AND it works on MOBILE – which should be the #1 item on this list: DESIGN FOR MOBILE!!!

  • http://www.thecomplexmedia.com/ theComplex

    Interesting, though I’m hoping that most of these trends die out by 2010, ie: gigantic annoying headers that take 2 page downs to move past…

  • http://www.sosmedia.org SOS Media Web Design

    Nice list. I love the minimalist style.

  • Frak

    so, it’s 2009 all over again…which was 2008 all over again.

  • http://zunostudios.com Jon Lackey @zuno

    Nice list, but I’m with a few of the others. This list is more of current trends, not 2010 trends, unless you’re predicting nothing will change.

  • http://www.gastonrojas.com.ar Degas

    wonderful post! … its really exciting to see the work and quality in design now a days. One page layouts & magazine layouts are my favorites

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    Great list here. I personally like the Typography styles as well as the Vintage and hand-drawn looks.

  • Nick

    Good post. Keep up the good work.

  • http://dangayle.com/ Dan Gayle

    Since when did “Typography” get renamed “Typology”? That’s just silly.

  • Oggy

    Great post. It will be interesting to see what trends develop. I’m currently working on a redesign, and i’m trying to be at the front of the trends. My current site just uses current web trends, but not very well. Now i’m trying to pretend web trends don’t exist, and design what I think will look good, and work. It’s a challenge, and tough not to fall back on what I know everyone else is doing. But I’m going to do it :)

  • http://www.avactis.com Chris

    thats great, I just realized that my design is so trendy :))

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Kent

    Intersting ideas, there will be a few htings to surprise us i’m sure, its easy for designers to be bold, its finding the clients to go along with you is the challenge!

  • http://www.pixellica.com Derek

    I completely agree with all your observations. The oversized plain-type headers I’ve seen a dime a dozen lately.

    I love checking out design trend lists; lets me know when I’m being creative and when I’m being subliminally influenced by the industry :)

  • http://www.1p.com.au Michael

    The http://www.crowleywebb.com/ site is fantastic
    Only problem is that it is in Flash

    We produced our site http://www.1p.com.au by not using flash.

    Let us know your thoughts


  • Kyle

    The fact that “typology” is on this list speaks volumes about the quality of article WDL produces.

  • http://www.bj2design.com Bjarni Wark

    Thanks for the collection of websites, a good mixed bag of web trends.

  • http://www.edgarleijs.nl Edgar Leijs

    Mmm… Sounds more like ‘Webdesign Trends of 2009′ 😉

  • http://www.yummygum.nl Leon

    Awesome post! Love the ideas like the interactivity and emphasizing words in a text.. I don’t think crowleywebb.com is much of a good example though. Letting your visitors focus on the first word on the page ‘boring’ is a really bad idea and a real no no from communicative point of view.

    Looking forward to seeing more big headers.

  • Kerry Rego

    I am not a designer but I do manage my own site with a DIY editor provded by my host. I understand the aesthetic behind good design and this article gave me the right words to understand what trends I’m seeing. Thanks for the great examples and education!

  • Mike

    dont mean to beat a dead horse but as others have already stated, seen it, done it, over it.. same old stuff thats already “trendy”..

    P.S. Item number 11’s images are swapped from the sites they link to. might want to correct that one.

  • http://designvirgin.com Freya

    I really love Jacqueline’s posts. She’s got a great design sense.

  • http://www.tutoriallounge.com Tutorial Lounge

    i think there is really latest trends which will follow most of the companies and even can follow in personal portfolio designs as well. thanks for awareness

  • http://twitter.com/dannycalders Danny

    These look more like the webdesign trends of 2008 – 2009… Honestly, the example sites have all been build in 2008 or 2009, and have no influence what so ever on the 2010 design trends.

    You’re also confusing interactive design with flash. Flash websites are usually less interactive than HTML websites. They move, can’t deny that, but do people interact with them more?

  • http://www.agencja-mojito.pl mojitopl

    Great post! Nice organised aand wisely described. Thanks

  • http://www.varitek.co.uk/ Jason

    Nicely put together, although as a few others have already said, I have a feeling that the concepts are more current than predictive. I’m pretty certain that a few of these concepts will in fact die off next year and we can already see a few examples of trending design concepts not investigated here that will almost certainly be big next year.

  • http://www.architela.com Architela

    I agree with some of the other commenters that it’s a good roundup of current trends — I guess the problem is that you can’t really predict the future. It will be interesting to see what actually happens in 2010.

    My predictions:
    UP: magazine-style layouts (for appropriate sites), UX and focus on typography.
    DOWN: Hello box (exclusively web designers’ own sites anyway??), retro, goth, slab, flowery flourishes, huge fonts and images.

  • http://www.ghosthorses.co.uk Stephen Fairbanks

    Excellent info. Thanking you for putting it under my nose(s).

  • Brett

    This should be called the “Blog Trends for 2010″.

  • http://chapolito.com chapolito

    You might want to get your money back from that fortune teller…

  • http://www.rk1webdesigns.co.uk RK1 Web Design

    Really good post. I definitely think that all of these will be 2010 design trends. Really like magazine layouts, oversized headers and retro. :)

  • http://blog.jimfmunro.com Jim Munro

    Nice article. I appreciate the wrapping of trends that are going on.

    Maybe it will be the case that this list will become the list of trends to avoid if they are already “trendy”.

    It may be time to go in a different direction if everyone’s doing it.

    These are certainly some nice works that were new to me, so thanks for pointing it out.

  • http://www.idealhut.com/ IdealHut

    Very useful post, thanks for sharing!

  • http://gelform.com Corey

    Love it, especially big footers and modal windows. I’ll admit – I’m hooked.

  • http://www.mnteractive.com Darrel

    “The fact that “typology” is on this list speaks volumes about the quality of article WDL produces.”


    I had high hopes for this place but it seems to have turned into a slew of “TOP 50″ twitter spam posts.

  • Greg

    Well looks like all my client sites are going to be untrendy next year then.

    I can’t see any of those trends being any use when a clients site promotes valves, chimney pots, air conditioning units and other industrial products.

  • http://wilsoninc.deviantart.com/ Juan Gómez

    Hmmm… not sure about, you can’t predict future, tough this is a nice compilation of the last styles used on this years.

    • http://rizkyramadhani.com Rizky Ramadhani H.

      Maybe yes.. Maybe no Juan. But nice to tried Jacqueline.

  • http://www.scottbossak.com Scott

    Nice compilation. Already using #13

  • http://lessbit.com Stefano

    Nice roundup!

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk Jack

    Great and useful tips. Amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • http://www.danieleckermann.com Daniel

    Well, I wasn’t really surprised. This trends have been for the approx. 2 past years aswell except for modal boxes.

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    nice post, very helpful, thanks

  • http://www.architxt.net Lawrence

    Go minimalism, go!

    What is missing, though, is a point about design needing to fit on multiple types of gizmos out there. The challenge being to keep consistent and to have processes in place so that workloads don’t grow exponentially as designers try to adapt to different screen sizes, browsers, technologies, etc…

    Oh, and how about designing for.. data? As more organisations start making data available online designers will need to present data just as beautifully and usefully as other types of content. 2012 will be the year of the too.

  • http://www.jannis-gerlinger.de Jannis Gerlinger

    very nice article! 2010 can come :)

  • http://bcinarli.com Bilal Çınarlı

    Custom typefaces will sure rock the web :)

  • http://www.keslercommunications.com Cori

    Great post!
    I just updated my website (after 7 years!) and coincidentally employed 6 of your 14 trends. Makes me feel good that I’m on top of things. :-)

  • http://terramedia.com.au Matt

    Point 11 on the oversized footers is very true, and kind of relates to the oversized headers. Everything is going to be big and form its own vital part of the design. The footer though is something that is difficult to really get right, but when it is right, it makes you wonder how your design ever worked properly without it! It’s something that is definitely going to continue to improve and grow in popularity this coming year.

  • http://mattrossidesigns.com matt

    i think you hit on some, but a lot of what you have on here seems like last years trends, which might just mean not much is going to change?

    typography is definitely getting big. i’d also say that custom “post” designs are getting more popular, much to the likes of Jason Santa Maria, which I think is amazing, and a push in the right direction.

  • http://thegoldenflux.com/ Andrea Pelizzardi

    Not a great post.
    I mean… you listed everything possible!
    There are no particular thing. Too many general things.

    Thumbs down man :(

  • http://www.prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

    Hey there, great article. Especially about minimalism, it’s something I practice with my blog everyday.

    Just wanted to point out the links for the images in 11 are reversed. :) Just thought I’d let ya know!

  • Chris

    Regurgitated content that tells no-one anything whatsoever about potential trends for 2010. It should have been titled ‘Go through a few cool looking sites and decide in an instant that the techniques will be trends next year’. But that’d be too long, and too boring, and, umm, very apt come to think of it.

    Sorry, but I just don’t see why this is titled as it is other than for cynical purposes to attract search volume and then disappoint or con visitors into thinking it is anything more than a bunch of ill conceived guesses that a 10 year old could have come up with.

  • http://digitalartempire.com/ Benjamin Rama

    a new year and correct me if im wrong a new decade – my fourth decade

  • Arekibo

    “Typography is young”, in what sense exactly? Your understanding of the subject seems to be that typography is simply the choosing of and use of trendy new fonts, go read a book will ya.

  • http://www.psprint.com/ Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    Firstly, I am not satisfied with the title to this post…Creativity cannot be bound by trends…Out of the box ideas can’t follow trends; they have their own distinctive style…Secondly, if the talk is about new ideas for web designing in 2010 then I don’t agree with quite a few in the list…the modal boxes idea is quite old…Website design should be based on certain basic ideas which can not be dubbed as trend setters, such as minimalism,quick load time, intuitive navigation, minimising clutter and number of clicks…

  • http://falconquill.org Cody Bills

    Not a bad article, although it seemed a bit basic and the main idea section was useless. Maybe in the future link to related articles on each topic or link to a few sites that showcase this instead of just one thumbnail?

  • http://www.lyonssolutions.co.uk Lyons Solutions Web Design

    Some of them looks like brochures rather than websites to be honest.

  • http://www.bigtunainteractive.com/ Adam Hermsdorfer

    I agree that Illustrations will become more common in ’10.

  • Nicole

    This differs from 2009 (and even 2008) how?
    It sounds like the “2010 trend” will be to continue as is.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/sumitroyshome scorpy

    your collaboration is and has been very much helpful for us for ‘focused design’

    thanks a load for your effort for such a useful blog.

  • http://www.sjlwebdesign.co.uk Sam Logan

    Thanks for the great article, I’m looking forward to seeing more retro designs and one page layouts in 2010.

  • http://www.aimonkey.com Waasys

    very nice! I lile oversized header and footers!

  • http://www.alicesmith.com/blog/cheap-books DERRICK

    You really out done yourself! I’m so new to this stuff, you make it so newbie like myself can easly wrap their heads around it, thanks! Happy New Years!

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  • http://www.mauconline.net mauco

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. Looks like some of the trends are a spillover from late 2008/2009. Just goes to show that design in whatever format is a fad that comes and goes. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.jasongrube.com grubedoo

    I think, perhaps, this was posted a year or two late as most of these trends have been around for a couple years already.

  • http://www.pimpirara.com.br Daniel Lenarti

    I see no 2010 trends…
    You should call it 2009 trends.

  • http://www.studioweber.com Alex Flueras

    Excellent article, great for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.tgwebmedia.com TampaWebDesign

    Clean, bright design with good use of white space should be the new standard. Minimalist design with use of fonts as design itself. Mobile smart phone usage set to explode ie Google HTC Nexus. Tampa Web Design

  • http://www.robertdall.com Robert Dall

    With shear number of websites having passwords and programs like 1password gaining wide spread usage. I have found problems with the Modal Boxes sign in and the 1password programs.

    I hope solutions are found, I don’t mind the design but the functionally is a little left to be desired. . .

    Robert Dall
    Robert Dall.com

  • http://www.aaronkato.co.uk/ Aaron Kato

    Hey, this predict was a brilliant inspiration for me! Thank you!

  • http://www.puredesignsolution.com Suchi Gupta

    Great post! A lot of food for thought and ideas.
    Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.drewlyon.com/ drew lyon

    Great list. I incorporated super big header because who doesn’t like to see their name take up the entire window.

  • http://www.eternitees.net Nathan

    man love this post – good info – #8 is a good example of why i dislike flash- makes site slow and thus boring! lot of time wasted on too little info – sorry !

  • http://brightpinkstudio.com Madalina Iordache-Levay

    These are beautiful examples and I found some of them very inspiring, but I am not convinced about the trends nominated. To exemplify a trend you need more then one example. This article needs more arguments, analysis and examples to justify why the author believes these will be trends in 2010.

  • http://agrimsrud.com Anders G

    I agree, Madalina. I was expecting something more analytical, but this was a good and inspiring article nonetheless.

    As for the trends, believe (and hope) Web Typography is going to reach some new heights in 2010.

    Another thing I think we will see is more integration with handhelds, just as TampaWebDesign suggests.

  • http://www.mxky.com mxky

    Some very inspiring and stunning ideas, thank you very much for sharing. I love the retro one! #12

  • http://www.knhgraphicartist.com/ knhGraphicArtist

    Perfect inspiration to read/view during a morning coffee buzz.

  • http://www.whitehatsweb.com tejas

    I am hoping to see a lot of differently style blog posts in form of blogzines, which closely resemble the print designs. It is saddening to see that the designer’s creativity (at least for their own blogs/sites) getting limited to a single template, however meticulously designed.
    We use different blog post designs on our blog at http://www.whitehatsweb.com/blog inspired by print designs. You should check it out – I think our pet pull quotes are going to become a rage soon. :)

  • http://www.oddFrogg.com oddFrogg

    Great article. Really good information. I can see how each style appeals to a certain audience. Numbers 14, 6, 10 and 4 speak to me.

  • http://www.sbuster.co.cc sbuster

    Exelente post!

  • http://watercrap.byethost7.com Feri Fras

    Great Post… Yay! Your predict 78% same with me. Minimalism, Black and White, Typography. But I didn’t think about Over Sized Header and Footer…. :) I think you’ll be true about it!

    (sory for my bad English)

  • http://www.digikraf.com Digikraf

    Great article. INSPIRATIONAL

  • http://logomat.wetpaint.com/ Tommy Kreuziger

    I’ve been reading a few posts and really and enjoy your writing. I’m just starting up my own nintendo game blog and only hope that I can write as well and give the reader so much insight.

  • damo

    Great article :)

    Just a note the links on #11 for websites need to be swapped… they link to the wrong websites.

  • http://www.speedpainting.net LenHend

    I wish everything else i need to know was as straight forward as your information you have displayed here – thanks

  • http://imokon.com Imokon

    I agree with everything except Flash. jQuery, Mootools as well as CSS3 are evolving and reaching new levels of quality and ‘interactivity’. Flash will die out for many reasons – including the fact that it is a monopoly, and that it still hurts people visiting from areas with lower bandwidth and those on 3G (as we will be using our pc’s less and less). Flash is too bulky and slow. When IE6 is dead, all will be well for everyone as far as ‘pretty’ goes. the only time I use Flash lately is for sIFR, and thats temporary till CSS3 is more mainstream for corporate clients.

  • http://www.grafixstudio.net/ Grafix Studio

    Very refreshing. Everything seems to be moving forward to larger elements which focus the attention. Goodbye to crammed web design…goodbye eyeglasses!

  • http://www.sambootech.com technology articles

    I am looking for some design idea for my ads website. Thanks for posting the informative articles

  • http://PastorantRestaurantby~kpucu Lori

    I love the effect that cahnging the perspective of images has on the target audience. It gives you the idea that you are involved in the website. Give a feeling of whats more important.
    I loved it

  • Kioti

    Great article! This is going to help me out. :)

  • Beans

    i like the oversized footers because it changes the height of the site and can be made larger to make the text and content centered vertically

  • http://onlineads.highross.com Ognjen Dujakovic

    Very moving and refreshing. A lot of things seem to be moving forward to eye focused elements to draw maximum attention on great design. Goodbye boring web design and welcome new, shiny and full of ideas web design ! :)

  • http://blog.techieglue.com/ techieglue

    Great info, it will surely help me out in building my site. Please keep on giving such type of posts and a lot of thanks.

  • http://www.todaydesigners.nl Today Designers

    Great info! Always design by discovery!

  • http://twitter.com/mipo_7 Miho

    Thank you!
    Great article.

  • http://www.monolithmultimedia.com Monolith Multimedia

    I really hope flash doesnt make a significant comeback. There is a fair amount of it today, and most of it is starting to be used less annoyingly. but if it becomes the new black again i fear many annoying headers/UI to come

  • JJ Nold

    I don’t agree with some of these speculations. While I do believe that design principles as a whole will always evolve and continue to push the bounds of what is unique design; I think that with the release of the iPad and IE9, we will see a migration away from Flash based elements and see more people placing emphasis on jQuery, HTML5 and CSS3 for interactive elements.

  • http://www.korato.net Web Design Expert

    Good read. Good suggestions for blogs and personal websites, however none of suggestions would work with ecommerce websites.

  • Waldo

    Very resourceful. Your post have given me some good inspiration for my own portfolio. Thanks!

  • http://www.pinklotusmedia.com Amrita

    Informative and exciting! The huge headers, use of typography and change of perspective are very inspiring. Love where this is heading!

  • Wetwilly

    No but seriously? Are you kidding? Typography a 2010 trend? Minimalism a 2010 trend? Please study your topics before writing on it. The bauhaus talked about rationality in the early 20’s.

    This is by far the most stupid crap i’ve read for a real long time. Please DO NOT talk about what you don’t know.

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  • http://www.luxatom.com Alex Rosario

    bookmarked :)

  • http://www.mindthegapco.com Andrea Norman

    Wonderful summary of examples of coming trends in web design. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://quisk.com.au Nick Davies

    As much as you make a good case, I disagree with your theory of Oversized Logos/ Headers. Users aren’t afraid to click, (granted, we all hate bad navigation) to find what they want. But as for the scrolling….If I walk into a supermarket looking only for soup, then I want to be able to look for the aisle sign that says soup. I don’t want to have to troll every single aisle looking for the soup. I do agree that the “splash page” has died or should die as soon as possible, but good upfront navigation will never be missed.

  • http://www.abbeydale.net Mike Teare

    Some interesting food for thought there and all nicely packaged on one page. Thanks for that.

  • http://www.chatterboxdesigns.com Mike

    Excellent article. Soooo needed right now.

  • http://openisme.org/node/20402 Libby Gundert

    Very good text. I’ve found your site via Yahoo and I’m really happy about the information you provide in your articles. Btw your sites layout is really messed up on the Kmelon browser. Would be really great if you could fix that. Anyhow keep up the great work!

  • http://www.explicitgraphic.net Giuseppe

    Very nice article, I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

  • http://www.cns-profweb.co.za Dene-Paul Elliott

    Great article – well worth the read – some very interesting and very practical ideas

  • http://clowarddesign.com JADE CLOWARD

    Love the recap or reminder of keep-it-simple-stupid. Magazine/clean/white-space layouts are here. Homepages should be informative, attractive & easily navigated. These types of elements should get peope to come back to your site! *Visit us at http://clowarddesign.com Thanks. ~ Jade Cloward (Web/SEO Designer)

  • http://www.wearepharaoh.com/ Alex Grande

    I think we have incorporated some of the trends for 2010 in our mobile agency homepage – http://www.wearepharaoh.com/.

    Great post! Thanks!

  • http://www.ebposervices.com Asha

    Cool. Thanks for posting

  • http://oneapplicationfee.com brenda

    great job, girl! thanks for this excellent resource. i’m really gonna take your advice to heart cuz boy my website needs help!!

  • http://www.newviewit.com Website Design

    Sounds very similar to smashingmagazine trends for 2009?

    2010 is all about transparencies in design

    …also like your tip about perspective in design. 3d elements are great!

  • http://www.redapplehost.com Web Design

    Excellent article!… I’m enjoying reading it… Thanks…

  • http://lukianets.com Nikita

    Great article! Very well-structured. Here you can find Logo Design Trends 2010 http://limejam.tumblr.com/post/600512350/logo-design-trends-2010

  • http://www.unclepear.com ale

    thank you! really great article! mad props!

  • http://webstandard.kulando.de Webstandard-Blog

    A lot of that trends, has been trends in 2009 too (Huge Images, Oversized Logos/ Headers, Big Typo, ect.). Webdesign doesn’t change?

  • http://www.sajeshp.com Freelance Web Designer

    Fantastic article, thanks

  • http://www.shawswebservices.co.uk Web Design Bristol

    Hey, great blog post. Do you only write on here or do you write on other blogs to? Would like to follow your content.

  • http://chrisrounds.com Chris

    I’m not so sure about the continued use of over-sized headers, especially on one-page sites. Typography will surely dominate the list…maybe number 1? I think visitors are looking for more content, more white space (to make it easier to read), and stunning new ideas in the content…not bigger headers.

  • http://www.eastman-media.com Todd

    I think Jacqueline is right on the money. Great article! Is WordPress going to remain popular, or is custom work where it is at?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03703432069478755637 Christoper Poolheco

    It’s nice to see an interesting post written on the subject of design every now and again. Nice one, ta!

  • http://www.popcorndesign.gr PopcornWebDesign

    Nice examples but I think each project should be approached according to its needs. Splash pages will work only with beautiful design over-sized or not.
    Great article though.

  • http://www.84inspired.com Eric

    Good looking, good looking……
    i must say thumbs up….how about some publication design trends

  • http://magpiewebsitesolutions.co.uk Steve Graham

    Very well put togther article. This must have taken quite a bit of work. Thanks.

    Definitely going to use some of these design inspirations.

  • http://www.duneperfume.net burtyburty

    Interesting post :) Thanks for creating an excellent post about inspiration. You make some brilliant points :)

  • http://www.fireandsafetyforum.com Aashin

    this site vety usful 4 my business logo dsin thank you

  • http://www.coded.ie Web designers Ireland

    Very nice article, lots of food for thought, never knew they were called modal boxes guess there’s a name for everything these days…


  • Bergen

    Seriously, great information! Thank you for your hard work putting this together.

  • juuso

    Quite many things listed, how about article what’s not cool in web 2010 😀 ?

  • http://bit.ly/cz7cy2 Website Center

    Good question Todd. It seems that if clients can find someone who is talented enough to customize a wonderful website like many of the ones shared above, they will be much more impressed and ready to sign off on the design than a lot of the WordPress sites out there today. Great/informative post with incredible web examples. I really like Zach Klein’s clean simple site, personally.

  • http://www.createwebworks.com/ Frank Web

    Love them though I prefer web designs that are simple yet with great impact. It details all what you want to tell about your site.

  • http://www.epproductions.co.uk Mark

    Great article, I have not long ago re-designed my site. It is interesting that things like large images and large logos/headers appear again, however it is the fact that this type of design is much more widely used in 2010 it just feels like we have seen it before. I love how great design can influence the main stream, I am having a think about the hello my name is box :-)

  • http://www.webdesignsouthwestmichigan.com Web

    Nice collection, thanks for the ideas!

  • http://www.par4media.com Par 4 Web Design

    Personally, I’m already sick of the oversized header. It’s a waste of real estate on a web page if you ask me.

  • http://www.couponpointer.com Kaye Faison

    Great article thanks for the info.

  • http://www.vectorious.net vector artan

    I would say over sized logos were and will continue to be trendy. Good work Jacqueline, Thanks

  • Krish

    WOW… Its relay nice article.

  • http://www.pharmerdon.net PharmerDon

    Lots of great information and some beautifully designed websites. Thanks for this helpful article. Now I have to try to incorporate some of this into pharmacy website design.


  • http://www.pagerank-service.biz ElfDell

    Loved the post! It helps sometimes to know that there are lots of us out there taking the slow road to the top. LOL

  • http://www.iwebwork.com Chris – High End Web Design

    Jacqueline, great post! You’ve made a really valuable and accurate list here– design trends with my clients in the past year have shown a shift toward the over-sized header images and footers. You’ve compiled really great ideas and examples here– a great read. I’m bookmarking you! Thanks– C.

  • http://twitter.com/gemmaweirs Gemma

    I think you’ve forgotten to include big photographic backgrounds.

  • http://www.pet-tips.info/?cat=4 tips and advicetips

    well done keep the posts coming

  • http://www.danieldesigns.co.uk Daniel Lowton

    Great article but if we all follow the same trends all the websites in the world would look the same…

  • http://www.mickaservices.com mickaservices

    Love it! thanks for sharing….

  • http://guitartodayblog.com Nick Tavish

    Great Article thanks. It will come in handy when I try redo my website.

  • http://www.digitalextrememediagroup.com Digital Extreme Media Group

    Awsome designs, thanks for sharing. They all have a great 2010 look. Thanks again for sharing.

  • http://www.conceitodigital.com Paulo

    Very good post!

  • http://www.vividwebgraphics.com VividWebGraphics

    Food for designers!! Love it!

  • http://www.addikiin.com Addikiin Technology

    Very useful details… something that can be applied practically…Thanks :)

  • http://www.ill-fx-designs.com Allen

    Definitely like the trend of typography and what it is now like on the web!

  • http://www.36creative.com Trent Sanders

    Love the article. For me the most important thing is that fact that we can now use HTML5 and CSS3…experimenting with everything that can offer. I feel that the technology will guide the trends. Now I just need an innovative developer…which I am finding harder and harder to find…hey don’t kill the messanger…just give me your number.

    Anyways…the expanded horizons with transitions and typefaces is incredibly vital to my trend setting this year. Great article…thanks for the quality post.

  • http://www.cleverclick.gr Michael Persson

    Inspiration and trends like this are always welcome. We easily get stuck in our own ideas a s free lance web creators.

    Thanks alot

  • http://sureshbabudj.info Suresh

    Excellent analysis…

  • http://www.yellowbrickcode.com/ Christopher

    Gosh, I’m guilty of all of the above. Particularly the oversized EVERYTHING.

    • leslie

      ha thats funny!!

  • leslie

    interesting facts i just hate all the grammar errors

  • http://[email protected] su deposu

    Particularly the oversized EVERYTHING

  • http://www.uitmuntend-webdesign.nl J. Hendrix

    Thanks for the roundup!

  • http://www.bitlinkit.com web developer

    thanks!! usefull!! :-)

  • Karan vyas

    Thanks for the gallery here. I would like to know so corporate and business website designs also. For companies and organization, yes but not product showcase website. :) I hope you will post some related to them also.


  • http://www.kingkroell.co.za Tom | Website Design Durban

    Great Resource! Tx

  • http://www.allwebdesigninfo.com/ All Web Design Info

    in 2010 most of the designers liking Vector Background images, This type of webpages loading time taken….Nice Collection!

  • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

    Nice collection, some trends are still popular :)