From the author: over time, web design has become more and more innovative. Rather than simply displaying information, websites are works of art with complex animations, unique layouts, and micro-interactions. Many of these things are possible through CSS.
CSS gives style to ordinary, boring web pages and gives you the chance to create beautiful interactions. The current year is opening up a lot of new web design opportunities, and these 7 CSS 2019 trends will define the year.
CSS Grid Generator
Flexbox has been the predominant standard for grid-based layouts. In fact, at the end of 2018, almost 83% of pages loaded on Chrome were using Flexbox. But a new rival entered the ring.
This new contender is Grid. Still young and used on only about 2.25% of pages loaded, it is still rapidly gaining popularity, at the beginning of 2018 it was used on only 0.25% of page loads.
Grid is proclaimed to be better than Flexbox. Flexbox gives you control over vertical or horizontal alignment, but not both. Grid does exactly that.
CSS experts attribute the lack of popularity to the fact that most major websites don’t use it. After all, this data is based on pageviews, not the number of pages using the Grid. It’s only very recently that large sites have adopted Flexbox, so it makes sense that they don’t want to change it yet.
However, the Grid will definitely rise in popularity in 2019 as it opens up a degree of creative freedom that other options don’t offer.
CSS Writing Mode
Not all languages are written and read from left to right. For languages that are written in other directions, you can use the writing-mode CSS property.
Pass text from top to bottom or right to left and adjust horizontal and vertical values. You can even display text vertically, rotate text for specific designs, and mix scripts.
Animation as a tool for engagement is becoming more and more popular. Websites will use more and more animated loading icons, limited design loading pages, and more to keep the user’s attention.
An example of this is the popular YouTube site. Open the YouTube mobile app and scroll through the video. If you pause for a second, the video will play automatically with muted and title displayed.
Animations are also used as indicators for actions or tasks. Animated buttons and lists are becoming commonplace too.
Popular frameworks (Bulma, Tailwind, Bootstrap 4, etc.)
CSS frameworks have been around for a long time, but their popularity has only grown in recent years. Awwwards defines a framework as: “A framework is a standardized set of concepts, practices and criteria for solving common problems that can be used as a reference to help us solve new problems of a similar nature.”…
As we move to a more mobile web, frameworks are adjusting to fit this. Style and design are changing, animation and action are becoming more common, and the focus on simplicity and end-user experience is more important than ever!
In 2019, many frameworks have become industry leaders and have helped developers and designers work faster than ever. Here are some of the more popular frameworks used on the web in 2019:
Foundation is a flexible, mobile-friendly environment used as an enterprise solution;
Bootstrap 4 – Bootstrap is one of the largest CSS frameworks in the world, version 4 comes with new features for color schemes and utility classes;
Materialize is a popular framework focused on material design styles;
Separate pages, experimental navigation
As owning a website becomes almost synonymous with a personal social media profile, more and more users are turning to simpler, one-page solutions and options to redirect traffic elsewhere.
Linktree – A simple page with links to social networks, products, etc.
Carrd – Simple, free, fully responsive one page sites for just about anything;
About.me – A more professionally oriented portfolio site similar to LinkedIn but allowing for creativity.
Instapage is a popular landing page builder for businesses and startups;
One-page websites like these are being further developed through the creative use of CSS and styles to enhance the user experience. Next Web singled out “Large and Experimental Navigation Systems” as one of “10 Exciting Web Design Trends You Can’t Avoid in 2019.” So why are people switching to these interesting layouts?
Because of the action. With targeted large buttons and navigation, users are instantly directed to the right place. Whether it’s a store, an info page with opening hours / information, or just a new video / song.
More and more websites are opting for similar solutions that direct traffic and then distribute it. Musicians use Linktree and other services to share their new songs across all streaming platforms while earning affiliate income in parallel.
Carrie Cousins in Top 17 Web Design and UI Trends of 2019 defines variable fonts as a “set of master styles, with one default central“ master ”(usually a standard font style) and multiple“ axes ”registered. »That connect the central master with others. For example, the Thickness axis can associate the Light master style with the default style and the Bold master style. The individual styles that can be positioned along this axis are called “instances”.
This means fonts are becoming more flexible across all devices and platforms. You can more easily scale the weight, size, and other aspects of a font without going from one font width to another or completely switching fonts.
Check out an example of the variable typeface “Amstelvar” on GitHub. Also check out the full analysis of variable fonts and find out from Google how they will change the web.
Last but not least, scroll anchoring is a relatively new technique used to bind users to specific scroll points. Instead of moving smoothly down the page or from left to right, you can scroll the page in increments. Popular uses for this are flipping through products on a page, scrolling / reading a book, and moving around a page with blocks of information highlighted.
CSS Tricks has a great tutorial on how to practically implement CSS scroll anchors.
It contains information about browser support, best practices, and properties that you should use to ensure proper scroll binding. Want to know how scroll anchor works? Check out these examples on Webkit.
The present and future of CSS
These are the 7 top CSS trends for 2019. What’s your favorite?
Author: Mike moloney
Editorial staff: Webformyself team.
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