Suncoast Web Solutions
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Website Design Trends That Will Take Off in 2024

The digital world is moving at a faster pace than ever, and as expected website design trends are shifting quickly too. For your business’s online presence to make an impact, you can’t risk it looking and functioning like a relic from yesteryear. Tired and slow websites don’t demonstrate authority or professionalism and they do harm reputations. As a leading web design agency on the Sunshine Coast, we make it our mission to understand up-and-coming trends so that we can implement them effectively for our clients. 2024 is already shaping up to bring some significant design shifts that businesses should be aware of and consider, so let’s take a look at some of the major trends we expect to see take hold.

Simple, Sleek and Straightforward Design

Simple Design

The move towards clean, minimalist website designs will continue gaining traction this year.  The core principle is to remove any unnecessary decorative elements or clutter that could distract from your key content and calls to action. Minimalist layouts facilitate easier scanning and navigation for users who want to cut to the chase and access the information they’re searching for quickly. Negative/white space, simple typography, and flat colours with high contrast will be prevalent and contribute to the minimalist aesthetics.

A key driver of this trend is prioritising accessibility and optimal user experience across devices – from desktops to tablets and mobile. Minimalist sites are inherently lighter on code and more responsive, allowing them to render and perform well on any device or bandwidth condition. With a growing portion of web traffic coming from mobile, straightforward and intuitive user experiences that quickly convey information and inspire site visitors to take prompt action will win the design day.

More Visual Content, Faster Load Times

Striking a balance between engaging visuals and fast webpage load times will be essential in 2024. Thanks to advancing image compression and lazy loading techniques, it’s now possible to incorporate more high-quality images and visuals without bloating file sizes. The new coding techniques used in our web design services on the Sunshine Coast allow for image-rich websites that still load quickly. This creates a better experience for today’s visually driven user without sacrificing performance.

Since load time is a critical factor in user experience and search rankings, we’ve adopted creative solutions like:

  • Next-gen image formats (WebP, AVIF)
  • Responsive image handling
  • Lazy loading of offscreen images that allows image-heavy sites to render quickly.

Going Flat With Design Aesthetics

Flat Design

Following the broader move towards minimalism, it’s predicted the popularity of flat design will surge this year. This is a style that removes skeuomorphic effects like bevels, gradients, shadows, etc to be simple and sleek. It favours simple elements, bright colours, and clean layouts with open space. This two-dimensional, minimalist approach is visually striking while maximising usability and scalability across devices.

Flat design inherently meets accessibility standards through prioritised legibility, and streamlined navigation and the simplified styling reduces code weight for optimal performance. With both significant aesthetic appeal and functional benefits, flat design checks all the boxes for 2024 web standards.

Video Backgrounds

Video Background

Background videos can be an excellent way to capture attention and set a brand’s tone when implemented properly. In 2024, we’ll see more sites selectively using short (under 10 seconds), looping background videos on key pages like homepages and product highlights.

The key to good design will be ensuring these videos are optimised to load quickly via streaming, compression and adaptive streaming (adjusting quality based on bandwidth). This way, the perceived load time impact is minimal. Videos should enhance – and never distract from – the core content and UX.

Bold, Expressive Typography

Expressive Typography

While overall designs will lean towards minimalism, 2024 is likely to see a revival in using typography to add personality and visual punch. Custom font families, very large display fonts, and contrasting font pairings will take centre stage as a way to create hierarchy and guide user focus.

Since sparse designs will provide a clean canvas, clever use of colour and distinctive text styling can instantly convey a brand’s voice and add artistic flair. From daring display faces to elegant serif typefaces – expressive type has re-emerged as both a design anchor and a means of differentiation.

Customised Maps

For businesses with physical locations, integrating Google Maps in a customised, on-brand way will become a standard feature in 2024. Going beyond just a generic embedded map, we can now style the map interface to match a site’s colour scheme, font styles, and overall aesthetic.

What this does is provide a seamless, consistent user experience when site readers go to get directions or locate the business. Yes, it’s a small detail, but one that reinforces the professional presentation of a brand, and from a strategic perspective, this localised and branded map integration can give a boost to local SEO efforts when done properly with location data and schema markup.

3D and Interactive Elements

One of the most striking web design trends for 2024 will be an increased use of 3D models, 360-degree photographic renderings, and other interactive experiences like augmented reality (AR) product views. This multimedia push is enabled thanks to improved browser capabilities to handle 3D rendering, camera integration, and motion tracking.

For product companies, 3D/AR interfaces allow customers to get an immersive, realistic sense of goods from every angle before purchasing. Real estate businesses can use 3D “virtual tour” capabilities to show properties in a much richer way than simple photos. Even B2B brands can explore using 3D models to demonstrate large equipment or processes.

While not appropriate for all websites, 3D and interactive elements can be incredibly powerful for the right use cases. They drive engagement, reduce uncertainties around sizing/fit, and provide a more tangible experience.

Unconventional, Artistic Layouts

As web design has matured, certain layout patterns and navigation conventions have become same-same and predictable. But in 2024, we’ll probably see more brands start to buck these in favour of unconventional, artistic website layouts and UI/UX.

It’s predicted this might take the form of asymmetric grid layouts, interactive scrolling experiences, and unique navigation styles that challenge the normal “header/menu” paradigm. Trendy businesses looking to reinforce a cutting-edge brand identity will likely use these unconventional layouts and UI patterns to set themselves apart.

However, as a word of caution, the temptation to take a more artistic, unconventional approach will need to be measured as core usability principles still must be followed to avoid frustrating users. When well-executed, they can be highly engaging and memorable, but there’s a risk of form over function to be wary of.


As we move further into 2024, innovative website design will continue to be shaped by the constant push-and-pull between prioritising performance, creating immersive experiences, and standing out from visual noise.  For the latest in website design on the Sunshine Coast, make us your first port of call. Our core business is to strategically implement these trends in a way that highlights your brand and delivers you real business results. For an obligation-free quote on website design services to bring your brand into 2024, contact us today.



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