My Top 5 Favorite Web UI Design Trends for 2013
March 12th, 2013 by Mike Locke  |  22 Comments »    

In this video I discuss my Top 5 Favorite Web UI Design Trends for 2013 that you should be thinking about incorporating into our design work (if you’re not already). These trends I discuss didn’t just become popular in 2013 (they’ve been around prior), but they are trends that remain hot today and seen throughout the design community.

Link and refrences:

Websites with Large Background Images
One-Page Designs
Websites with Textures and Patterns
Responsive Web Design Examples
Flat UI Design Inspiration

What are you favorite trends?


    March 12th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts Mike,
    I abosolutely agree with you. And I also think the most important trend is the Responsive Design.

    The funny thing about it is, that the most comes back, we all used texture backgrounds, large images already in the 90’s ;)

    Summarized I like all these trends because I am a fan of simplicity and that fits well.

    Mike Locke    
    March 12th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    @Oliver – Yes, these trends keeps coming back to us. I think its just an evolution of trying to make things more simple and clean. Everything’s a cycle. ;)

    March 13th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for the tips, Mike! I have tried #1 several times, but I can never pull it off, so that it looks nice. :) I find it depends a lot on the photo you use and even though some photos can be beautiful by themselves, they may not work for a website as a background.

    I will keep trying though and maybe sometime I will make a kickass website. :D

    March 13th, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Thanks for putting together all this trends Mike. I also find the links very useful and inspirational.

    Mike Locke    
    March 13th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    @Dana – It can be done. It does take some time finding that nice quality large photo. Sometimes it takes purchasing a nice quality stock photo from to accomplish the right look. Once you find that right photo, you can overlay a black layer on top (10% opacity) and it will do the trick. But the photo has to be high quality because that makes the entire design. Keep working at it, you’ll get it.

    Mike Locke    
    March 13th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    @Bogdan – Thanks, glad you like the video and reference links.

    March 13th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Another superb video! Yay, I am using the first two in the portfolio I am building :D


    March 13th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Nice video and really nice and interesting tips!! One thing I’d menntion is about the textures, noise and patterns. In order to create these you’d have to slice an image from a mockup or can made by css too??

    Mike Locke    
    March 13th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    @Vishnu – Thanks bud.

    @Lykourgos – When it comes to textures and patterns, yes, these sections needs to be sliced out as individual jpegs, then implemented with CSS. For patterns, you can slice out small squares and repeat. For horizontal containers, you can crop out small sections and repeat horizontally with CSS.

    March 14th, 2013 at 4:32 am

    @Lykourgos – this online tool might help in generating easy noise sections.

    Mike Locke    
    March 14th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    @Vishnu – That’s a cool little tool. Thanks for sharing.

    Silviu Stefaniu    
    March 14th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Thank you very much, learned a lot

    March 15th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    like your post

    Kris Jolls    
    March 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I’m in love with the flat ui design when it’s done right and boy is it a bigger challenge than it seems. Trying to implement it in my portfolio redesign and it isn’t necessarily easy. But fun. Oh and the full screen images is just about tops right now. Very impressive designs out there.
    Thanks Mike.

    Mike Locke    
    March 19th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    @Kris – Yes, the flat ui is big challenge to pull of effectively without appearing too flat and uninspired.

    rachid ahitass    
    March 21st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I really appreciate your posts, good advices, and some useful tricks thanks a lot man ;)

    April 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi Mike,

    Great updates to the site recently, loving all the new content. I am really looking forward to the next course you do.

    As for these website with large background images I assume the only way is really to get a photographer? I have tried searching for large stock images but could not really find anything relevant?

    May 27th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I actually was basically searching for points for my own blog site and stumbled upon ur post,
    “My Top 5 Favorite Web UI Design Trends
    for 2013”, will you care in cases where I personally implement a few of your own
    tips? Thank you -Agueda

    November 13th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Where can I find the website you show during #3 Textures, Patterns and Noise. Thanks -Marc

    Mike Locke    
    November 15th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    @Marc – Those examples where taken from I can’t find where I pulled them from exactly but I know I pulled them from Just do a search for “UI Design” and you’ll find a ton of great examples.    
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