08 September 2021

Design trends: Parallax Animations and Three-Dimensional Colours

We’ve talked about how designers have to stay up to date with the latest trends to innovate and provide unique solutions for their clients in our previous blog (Emerging Design trends). This blog revolves around some other design trends that are taking over the design scene like a storm. Trends come and go, but keeping up with the contemporary trends allows you to expand your creative domains, so you’re able to make a lasting impression with every experience. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss two of those new trends. Parallax animations and three-dimensional colours.

Parallax Animations 

A Parallax is an optical illusion where objects near a viewer appear to move faster than objects that are farther. This real-time experience has allowed web designs to seem more realistic and catch the user’s attention. The effect is coupled with animations (usually triggered with the cursor’s movement) or scrolling (the effect occurs when you scroll down or up). 

Parallax Animations is the effect that’s on the rise where the use of foreground and background creates depth in the design. It can be triggered by mouse movement or even automatically as it allows the user to get more input in a short amount of time. It’s generally coupled with scrolling (called parallax scrolling), where the user’s scroll controls the speed of the animations. 

 As you scroll up or down a website, the parallax effect makes you focus on the fleeting parts of the design as they may appear to be moving at a higher speed than other components. Although criticized by some devs for being too complicated for some users at times, parallax does come in handy when you want to blow your end-users mind and have their undivided attention.  

Using web-based animations doesn't sound odd among web designers and users. Aside from conventional strategies involving micro animations, parallax impacts have increasingly shown up as a vague concept. Parallax animation centres around segregating the forefront and foundation components of a page, making a parallax impact. It gives the design a more considerable depth, making the experience more vivid and surreal. Moreover, it gives the overall layout a more dramatic feel, which makes it engaging.

Three-dimensional (3D) colours

Colour schemes in web design have leaned towards gradients for a while now. The concept of three-dimensional colours is delicate shading around the edges of icons to make them feel more lively. This concept is usually linked to app icons, but the neat look of gradients can be substituted for a more imperfect yet vibrant blend of colours through this technique. Two colours can be smeared together, leaving their shadow or depth around the objects. This gives a realistic impression of a more live yet clean design. This could be your go-to if your client is looking for a sleek yet simple design.   


Designers, just like artists, are known to channel their creative expertise to make a genuinely new thing. We keep seeing new exceptional designs that become pioneering trends by exploring different visual communication channels and creating layouts to amplify user experience. The discussed trends signify the shift towards realism in today’s design trends, as the inspiration seems to be stemming from the depiction of real-life instances and experiences. 

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