• Victoria Oldford

2022 Trends for Web Design

Updated: May 13

Web design is a lot like branding, the trends are always changing. As a sub-category of graphic design , web design draws heavily from other graphic design fields. Whether it's typography, illustration, marketing, UI and UX, web design is a place to bring all your knowledge together.


What is UI UX?

UI and UX have shared a big role in Web design throughout the years and continue to today. UI stands for User interface and is the process in which designers build interfaces in software or devices, focusing on looks or style of the design. UX stands for user experience and is the process in which design teams or designers use to create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences while keeping the end user in mind.

How does UI and UX relate to web design?

UI and UX are two fundamentals in web design that work hand in hand. While UI focuses on our design and how the users interact with it, UX focuses on user experience as they navigate your designs. They are what allow your users to navigate your site without issue and help steer where the user is going on the page. This allows the user to focus on the information you’re putting forward and less on a bad design or getting lost in the web site.

Top trends in 2022

There have been many different trends over the years when it comes to web design, many daring and bolder as time goes on. A good trend is able to withstand time and still allow your website to hold up even after the trend is gone. Some of the popular trends in 2022 are:

  • Complex Gradients

  • 3D design

  • DIY website Builders

Complex Gradients

While gradients aren’t exactly new, they have been around for a long time, they are finally getting some positive action. For a long time, gradients were extremely overused to the point that if they were used in design, it wasn’t always the best of quality. What is happening now in the web design world is that complex gradients are being used to create dynamic backgrounds that don’t overpower the typography throughout the website but are able to add depth to and otherwise flat images.

3D Design

3D design is continuing to spread throughout the different areas of design. While it too has been around for a long time, it is starting to get used more throughout web design by mostly being part of UI. 3D design is utilised in UI design by enhancing user interface and creating an eye catching addition to your website without overpowering the designs already in place.

DIY Website Builders

Last but not least DIY website Builders have become increasingly popular over the past few years. DIY website builders like Wix, WordPress, Webflow, Elementor and more, are becoming the new standard when creating a website instead of having to rely on code. This approach allows for people with limited to no experience in creating websites to have a go at it and create their own.