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Circles will be the hot web design trend in 2012 – 15 inspirational sites

Graduating from the starchy 90 degrees

We’re starting to see circles on some of the websites of the hottest web designers on the scene and watching as the space graduates from lists of small fonts and words in boxes (AOL circa 1998), to bigger pictures with bigger fonts (CNN circa 2005), to rounded elements of all buttons on websites (Fox News circa 2009), and now to circles as a primary design element as seen in French interactive designer Mickaël Larchevêque’s own site as seen above.

We’re no longer restricted by the confines of early coding languages and with the rise of mobile use and interactive elements as allowed by newer programming languages like HTML 5, sites are finally able to look as creative as the designer’s mind can come up with. No more lists of links, we’re way past that now and the gap between average design and quality design is widening quickly and is becoming more obvious to consumers – no longer is a sloppy website acceptable. Just take a look at the image below of two sites and see how obvious quality design is versus poor design:

Circles in 2012

As design is no longer limited by coding languages and designers can be more creative and use less angular elements, you will see a lot more circles in design in the coming year. Below are 15 sites to serve as inspiration by designers who are ahead of the curve (literally), click any image to visit the original site:















Banksy endorses the use of circles:

Famed British political activist and graffiti artist Banksy is well known in the U.K. for his controversial use of graffiti in public places. He has been on the scene for about 20 years and is not for hire- all of his work is either painted out of inspiration on canvas, or as statements on public walls and highly visible areas.

Banksy has inspired a generation of graffiti artists (which is far different than gang signs tagging bridges and the like) and is a pop icon whose work has frequently been replicated either on public walls in America or simply on t-shirts abroad. What we’re getting at is that his work is iconic, highly recognizable, and exclusive. You can’t exactly hire him to come to your house and paint a trendy mural in your loft.

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This quote from Banksy below affirms the trend above:

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Michael Shetler

    December 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    This is a reaction to the overpopulation of basic WordPress sites. Great tip for my next website design, coming soon!

  2. Fred Romano

    December 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Oops meant to post comment on this post… This is good news! I have a few circular elements in my online real estate website, including my logo!

  3. Webdesign Inspiration

    December 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Love the quote from Banksy 😀 It's true..

    You can find some great inspirations on : https://www.webdesign-inspiration.com 😉

  4. Alex

    December 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    These are beautiful. I particularly like the designzoom.in. Thanks for sharing.

  5. eckoweb

    November 29, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Isso significa que a primeira coisa que uma pessoa que quer trabalhar como web designer precisa saber
    é DESIGN.

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