Top website design trends will take the crown in 2018

April 23, 2018

We are going in 2018 with tons of technology developments. Everybody now is using digital resources to look for information, open their own business, create contents, give-and-share things and so many other things. Website development is one of the most important resources to help people to get closer to the information that they want to get. Along with that idea, quality of websites is enhanced so much better to make it easier and more friendly for people to use in various of digital devices such as: Mobile, Tablet, Laptop, … (Responsive design).

If you are planning to get more people’s attention to your website for any purposes, you may want to consider the following things to enhance your web’s quality. Here is some top trending in website design will probably take the crown in 2018.

1. Landing Page:

Landing Page is not new to everybody. Let’s recap the concept. Landing page is a single web page which has oriented and vivid content of a specific product to get potential customers’ actions. All the advantages and features of your products will be presented in this single page.

Landing Pages have highest rate of customer’s attention and SO ranking. If you are in a marketing campaign, landing page can be considered as a must-have tool to attract and convince customers to take action.

So Landing Pages are still developing and take the trend in 2018.

The more attractive your landing page is, the more efficiency you get.


2. Story Design: 

Click-to-browse is so old-fashioned. Sometimes it takes forever to click and load the whole page. Too many actions! People just want to scroll.

According to some researches, Internet users prefer scrolling to clicking. Moreover, there are more than 90% users using smartphones to browse. For that, scroll-to-browse will be trending to satisfy those 90% users.

This trend can be much more efficient with websites that want to attract users by telling them a clear story. It brings focus, creativity and joy. By replacing clicking with scrolling, your website should give better result, better experience and more compatibilities with various devices.

Story-telling design helps people focus on message you want to deliver with satisfaction and joy


3. Flat Design 2.0

Yes. You are not hearing it wrong. Flat Design is not dying. It evolves.

Back to a few years ago, flat design became popular. We can not deny how clean, beautiful and engage this style is. But now, Flat Design 2.0 a.k.a Semi-flat design is delivering the best impact on people’s engagement by adding nuance and depth to its identity. Semi-flat design focuses on colors, typography, depth and simplicity. By colors, gradients and shadows are coming back to spotlight. A combination of gradients, shadows and an unique typo will result a better performance which will bring a fresh look to your site. Applying this style, you are making your website a simple but delicate interface. You can raise customer’s attraction and interaction by giving them a whole new experience to browse your site.

Semi-flat design brings a fresh look to your site


4. Asymmetric Layout:

We are getting used to the idea that everything on your website should be aligned and symmetry. What if it is not?

Making a website with asymmetric layout should give a different experience for people who visit your website. If you do it right, that different will make a huge impact on how people engage your website. It delivers a fresh look and somehow unique. People will try to explore and spend more time on your site. The longer they spend on your site, the higher chance they can take an action. Psychologically, people are always interested in something new and strange. So make a different with your layout can enhance your efficiency of your site.

Asymmetric layout can hold your customers on your site longer than you can imagine


5. Web-animation:

We all know the fact that a website with full of text is boring. Images make it more interesting. But in the world we are always hurry and time is short, animation can sum up all the idea and messages in a short amount of time than any other formats. Animation makes your site less static and more dynamic. So, customers will stay on your site longer and they have more potentials to take actions. Moreover, there are more and more tools for you to create these animation on your web with ease. It is another reason will make it trending this year.

A site with animations is more interesting to browse


6. Playful illustration:

We’ve seen a lot of illustration on websites since last year. And this year, it still keep rising to be trending.

If you are running a brand, unique illustrations are a incredible way to persuade and inject people into your website. It is not only a lot more fun to watch but also make your website unique and stand out of all other websites.

Illustrations can visually engage people without getting them to experience functionality of  your website itself. A good illustration comes with shapes, size, color, dynamic elements and a little of fun. A lot of popular brands are using illustration on their website such as: Dropbox or

Just like Web-animation, nobody wants a boring website. A few of custom illustration can breathe fire into those dry, boring content. In the saturated and competitive marketplace nowadays, web design should balance functionality and personality, and illustration is one of the perfect way to show who you are.

A custom illustration make your website unique and way more fun to watch


7. Split screen: 

Last but not least, split screen!

All the information on your website is what you want to deliver to customers. By splitting the screen by half, you are making your website more comfortable to browse. It would be perfect if your content includes 2 types of information formats (E.g: Text and images, Text and videos, Images and videos, …). You can also combine split screen design with some typos and colors to deliver the best browsing experience. The advantage of this style is to focus customer’s sight to each type of information format and make your website way more intuitive.

Split screen make your website more intuitive and easier to engage action from customers

Here are some top web design trends will take the crown in 2018. The main purpose of those styles is to bring the best experience to users and customers along with the highest efficiency. You can evaluate which style should be used more than the others and what style suits you the most. If you have any opinions, just let us know.

And if you are looking for web templates like those above, you can find it with CactusThemes.


How to choose the perfect color palette for your website

April 19, 2018

Creating a website includes many steps, but branding seems to be one of the most important factor that you want to care about. If you are working for a company or designing your own portfolio web page, it is necessary to define a characteristic of your site by using perfect color palette. This seems simple but you do want to spend some times to know about it to enhance your site recognization. This article may helps you to find the right color palette using some psychological studies and color theories.

1. Know what emotions you want to deliver

Why do KFC or Burger King use red & yellow color palette for their branding color? Why do most of fashion brands use black and white branding color palette but not other colors?

The reason is: Different colors evoke different emotions. Let’s take some examples. Consider Coca Cola, Facebook or Apple. They are extremely recognizable brands. When you hear about them, you can immediately refer to their logos with red, blue and white. It means something. Let’s take a look at this image.

Different colors evoke different emotions

As you can see, it seems like these brands choose their color palette because they simply like it? No. The color of each brand represents what they stand for or at least – what they are trying to stand for.

So whatever you are creating your website for, consider to write down what are you stand for?, what emotions do you want to give to people?, what is your characteristic before you take any further step.

2. Select your dominant colors

Now if you know exactly who you are and what emotions you want to give. Congratulations! It is way much easier for you to choose your suitable colors for your website. You will want your targeted audience to recognize you by these colors.

Once you find your color that represents the best of your characteristic. That would be your dominant colors. You need to start creating your palette. These colors will go long side with your whole website. They should contrast well with each other. You can find  them by configuring Tones, Tint and Shades of the dominant color.

  • Tones: Mixing gray to the dominant color
  • Tint:  Mixing white to the dominant color
  • Shades: Mixing black to the dominant color

Example of Tones, Tint and Shades

You can spend time on it until you find your perfect palette colors. This color palette will help you a lot to define your website.


3. Select your action color

Action color (or Accent color) is very important when you want to draw viewer’s attention to some specific sections on your website. They can be highlighted items, call-to-action buttons, navigation menu, … This action color should be completely contrast with your palette and engaging people to do an action. For example: A “Buy Now” call-to-action button should be red or orange because these colors are engaging and eye-catching, but in the mean time, these color should be contrasted well. By doing that, people tend to engage by clicking the button.

Example of action color used as buttons

4. Applying the 60-30-10 rule

Once you completing your palette, the final thing to do is to implement it to your website. One of the best guide to implement the color palette effectively is to apply the 60-30-10 rule.

Use 60% of the dominant color, 30% of the secondary color and 10% of the action color.

One more tip: You can also apply this rule for content distribution. Use 60% of negative space, 30% of content and 10% of Call-to-Action elements.

Implementation of 60-30-10 rule


By applying these 4 steps, your website should be balanced both in colors and content and more recognizable.