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This year's top trends for engaging web design

by  Angela Watt on  04/05/2023

As we move further into the digital age, web design continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of users. With the rise of immersive experiences, interactivity, and personalisation, designers are finding new and innovative ways to engage users and make their web experiences more memorable. In this article, we'll explore what is trending in web design this year.

  1. The Metaverse: The Metaverse is a concept that has gained a lot of attention in recent years, especially with the rise of virtual and augmented reality. It refers to a collective virtual shared space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and with each other. This year, we're seeing more web designers exploring the potential of the Metaverse to create engaging, immersive experiences for users.

  2. Interactive storytelling: Storytelling has always been a powerful way to engage an audience, and in 2023, we can see more web designers using interactive storytelling techniques to create compelling narratives. Whether it's through animations, videos, or user interactions, designers are finding new ways to tell stories that draw users in and keep them engaged.

  3. Voice User Interface (VUI): With the rise of smart speakers and voice assistants, more and more users are interacting with the web using their voice. In 2023, incorporating VUI into their designs, creating voice-driven experiences that are more natural and intuitive for users has become a trend.

  4. Gamification: Gamification has been a popular trend in web design for a while, but in 2023, this has become even more prevalent. By adding game-like elements to web experiences, designers can make them more engaging and fun for users. This could include anything from mini-games to reward systems and progress bars.

  5. Personalisation: Another trend that is not new, but in 2023, personalisation became even more sophisticated. By collecting data about users' preferences and behaviours, designers are creating web experiences that are tailored to their individual needs and interests.

  6. Loading animations: Loading animations were popular in the early days of the web but fell out of style for a long time. Recently, we've seen a resurgence of loading screens in web design. By incorporating loading animations into their designs, designers can create another opportunity to engage with viewers and communicate their identity into their website.

  7. Collaboration: Given the rise of work-from-home and hybrid working environments, digital tools that enable remote collaboration have become essential. We can expect to see more digital tools launching collaborative features to meet this need.

  8. Premium content experiences: With the rise of Web3, more creators and businesses are discovering the value in memberships, gated content, and premium experiences. By building gated content into a website, designers can create more control over their community and monetise their valuable content.

  9. Lightweight, more efficient websites: Users hate to wait, and with more and more users accessing sites on their mobile devices or slow networks, lightweight websites are becoming more important. By designing lightweight, quick, and optimised websites, designers can ensure users get what they need and enjoy accessing their websites.

  10. More intentional use of notifications: Notifications have the power to make websites and apps more useful, personal, and integrated into users’ lives. In 2023,  notifications are being used in more creative ways to interact with users and provide useful information.

  11. Customisable viewing experiences: With the rise of personalisation on the web, more sites allow for customisable viewing experiences. Web experiences are becoming more catered to the needs and preferences of their users.

As you can see, all of this year's trends centre around the idea of engagement. Engaging websites are interactive, visually appealing, and functional. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to create a website that provides a positive user experience. With the tools and technology available today, there's no limit to what can be accomplished when it comes to engaging web design.

Looking to implement some of these engaging web design trends for your own website? Our team at Inspire Digital is here to help. We specialise in creating custom web designs that are both visually stunning and highly functional. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help take your website to the next level.

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