Grunge in web design has had its revivals. There seems to be an everlasting pendulum pointing at either clean design or its opposite: grungy design. Is grunge web design a counter-movement to the shiny and glossy design of web 2.0? Grunge elements arenâ€™t necessarily overwhelming but they add a sense of rebellion.
What does it look like?
The grunge design is often recognized by using graphics that give a dirty feel. Dirty stains and textures, drips, splats, sprays, torn images, hand-drawn elements and creased pieces of paper are common design elements in grunge design. Often, elements from our daily life is replicated in their real form without any digital glossiness.
A few irregular or dirty elements in an otherwise glossy design can help bring personality into the design and give a more realistic look. It is the small details that influence the mood of the user and defines his or her perception of the site.
Grunge designs often uses subdued colors. Brown, beige, grey, and black is seen again and again. The subdued, dirty and dull colors mixed with textures and real life graphics creates a look anything but boring.
The more bright and vivid colors get in a grunge design, the less striking the design is perceived.
Trends in grunge design
- Dirty textures and background images
- Irregular lines and frames
- Yellowed scotch tape
- Paper- and photo clips, needles and pins
- Coffee rings and dirty stains
- Torn paper and dirty edges
- Hand-written elements
Where is it used?
The grunge style has always been used extensively on band and music websites and urban lifestyle sites. It seems that these kind of sites uses the very free form to express and convey their artistic and often anti-mainstream image.
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