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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

 It’s December 17th, 1996, 24 years ago. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) v1.0.0 is released by the World Wide Web Consortium – a style sheet language designed for describing the presentation of a web page written in a markup language like HTML. It covers all the visual aspects of the document, including layout, colours, and fonts. CSS is a cornerstone technology of the World Wide Web, along with HTML and JavaScript.

Many, many years, and many, many improvements later, in 2021, the possibilities available through modern CSS are almost endless. Web design trends appear to be moving in a different direction than the previously favoured hi-tech fantasy-style – designers are exploring new heights of realism and blending the digital and traditional like never before.

The question now is, “What are the best design trends for 2021?”. Well, look no further; in this article, we’ll cover our Top 5 favourite picks, some of which have been adopted by our very own designers and developers!


By Mary Tokar on Dribbble

Neumorphism combines developments of flat design and skeuomorphism. Neumorphism, or soft UI (user interface), is a visual style that combines background colours, shapes, gradients, highlights, and shadows to ensure visually pleasing buttons and switches. All these elements achieve a soft, shadow layer effect and almost 3D styling.

It is all about the colour of the entire screen and delivering an entirely out-of-the-box experience for users. When selecting the colour to use, you’ll need to choose a colour that blends well with the subtle shadows of the design. Harsher shadows mixed with a lighter colour will compliment your design, giving it a unique touch.

View some brilliant examples of this:

Frosted Glass Effect


By Bharat Khurana on Dribbble

We love this one! In fact, we love it so much that we’ve implemented this design style across our own website, with a strong emphasis on our home page, have a look-see.

With modern web technologies, it’s much easier to create the frosted effect. Blurring elements or images behind the frosting makes elements in front of the effect stand out much more and draws your focus towards them.

It’s become a very popular option for designers and developers, favouring this style over traditional gradient backgrounds.

View some cool examples of this:

Three-Dimensional Colours

Credit Apple

Everything is turning to 3D. From movies to images, and now even colours!

With the launch of the M1 chip for the next generation of Mac – which was Apple’s first-ever inhouse-built and most powerful processor they’ve ever created – they sought after a design style to not only showcase the stunning visuals generated by the chip but also to create a unique identity for the chip, and it’s marketing. Apple wants you to immediately think, “M1” when you see these beautiful overlapping gradient colours.

Credit Apple

While others are also adopting this next generation concept, Apple has predominantly been at the forefront, and we’re very excited to see what direction they’ll take next in future releases of M1-based products.

Hand-Drawn Elements

By Bharat Khurana on Dribbble

In the modern digital age, there are countless programs and software that designers use to express their creativity and deliver stunning vector-based graphics to their clients, whether for brochures, ad designs, CI (corporate identity) documents, and much more. Rarely do we go back to our roots of good ol’ pen on paper, but it seems this traditional method has not yet been forgotten – in fact, it’s making a noticeable return to the design world, especially in web design.

Hand-drawn web design can not only make your website look fun, distinct, and more visually appealing, but it also creates a sense of originality, making it much more engaging and memorable.

Here’s some examples we like: 

Thumb-Friendly Mobile Navigation

By Ranjith Manoharan on Dribbble

In 2021, accessibility is the name of the game. Needing to stretch your thumb to reach a certain element or component will most likely results in a negative impression or dislike from your users.

According to Statista, there are currently roughly six billion – that’s billion with a “b” – smartphone users worldwide, and it’s expected to grow by several hundred million in the coming years.

So, needless to say, with this vast audience (right at your fingertips), the way mobile users interact with your website or app plays a significant role in whether they’ll be a returning visitor or customer.

By Nimit Dholakia on Dribbble

Ensuring that your website is both mobile-friendly and thumb-friendly is a key point to keep in mind when designing and developing. Elements should be easy to reach and purposely placed, not only making your site or app more comfortable but also improving the users’ experience.

From these examples and case studies, we can see that the web design industry has not only grown significantly since that December day back in 1996, but the sphere now offers never before seen functionality and features, making practically anything possible.

But it doesn’t end there!

If you want a modern, striking and highly functional website, contact us today at hello@klicksense.com and let’s start a chain reaction!

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