5 web design trends that should go away right now.

Web design is an innovative, exciting market. But along with the fashion, music, and film industry, web design is driven in part by trends. In the past few years, we’ve seen trends from fabulous to frightening. Here’s my top 5 trends I wish never trended in the first place.

1. Pop ups

Dear god, why did we bring back pop ups? If the old model for ad banners was losing traction, pop ups will, too. No amount of distracting animation is going to make me click that box. Trust me.


2. Infographics

If this one isn’t already dead, it should be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been more confused after I looked at an infographic than before. If you’re explaining the process of how something works, use a video. It’s much more informative and I promise you’ll get better engagement. If you’re displaying statistics, use a chart. You’ll have better luck conveying your point, and you won’t look like you’re trying so hard.


Image: Inspired mag

3. Texture

Texture was innovative when the iphone was. The iphone came out in 2007. It’s 7 years later, and flat is king. Not only is it cleaner and simpler, but it’s easier to implement on mobile. Please, use texture at a minimum.


Image: Six Revisions

4. The 3 icon format

If I see one more wordpress theme with the three icons, I’m going to vomit. I get it. Easy as 1, 2, 3. The problem is not every web design’s content can fit into these three little icons. Furthermore, not every piece of content is made to fit into an icon. So unless your website is about the three little bears, skip the three icon set.

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Image: wordpress Customizr theme

5. Parallax scrolling

I’ll admit, when I first saw parallax scrolling, I was on board. But too much of a good thing is a bad thing. And I think this trend is nearing its end. Not to mention, load times on parallax scrolling websites are astronomical, and people are literally getting sick from this trend. Case in point.

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Image: madwell.com

Welp, there you have it. My top 5 most hated web design trends. Which web design trends do you despise?