4 Web Design Myths to Ignore in 2019

To say that web design has developed over the last few years would be a gross understatement.

It started with HTML and tables, gradually progressed to CSS, before now we have all sorts of variations of languages which make life in this profession completely open.

The open nature of web design means that much misinformation is regularly hitting the internet and subsequently, hindering the qualities of the designs that we render on our screens.

As the title of today's post might have already indicated, we are here to end some of these misconceptions for good.

Let's now take a look at some of the biggest web design myths that 2019 has to throw at us.


Myth #1 – You must use a simple navigation


Amazon Navigation Design


There's no doubt that most websites use a simple navigation structure, and it works like a charm.

For example, if you were to build a website with Webeden, you would usually be presented with a straightforward menu which makes navigation completely easy.

However, it doesn't have to be a hard and fast rule.

Looking at Amazon as an example, their menu expands and contains all sorts of different elements.

It's not simple in the slightest, but it does work.

Does it look pretty?

Not particularly, but it functions well and allows users to find their products of choice quickly.


Myth #2 – Designs have to be minimalistic


Information Scent Web Design


For the last few years at least, minimalistic design has been hot on the scene.

There's no doubt that it completely looks the part for websites, but to suggest that it should always be used would be a gross exaggeration.

We only have to turn to Amazon again to highlight this point in detail.

Their website is anything but minimalistic, and that's for a good reason.

They want to draw attention to multiple elements, and this is something that can be difficult once you opt for something which is minimalistic.


Myth #3 – You need to “dumb down” your mobile website


Mobile Friendly Perfect Landing Page


For a long time, there were web design myths that mobile designs had to be “dumbed down”, and not include all of the features of a regular desktop website.

Well, this is changing.

Mobiles aren't just used on the go; they are used as a permanent method of browsing by some users.

This means that the design needs to incorporate every feature, and designers should no longer hold back.


Myth #4 – Good UI trumps good design


Quickbooks Review


Unfortunately, it doesn't.

The two live very much hand-in-hand, and while there might be cases of ugly designs working, this doesn't tend to be a rule for all.

Of course, good design is very subjective, and this is why the web design industry frequently turns to A/B tests to see what sort of features are working for users nowadays.

If you can follow such a path, you'll always be improving both your UX and design and reap the rewards in the process.


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