Let’s take a look at the most popular graphic design trends of 2016.
Trends, fluid by nature, no matter how transient they are or how deep-rooted in our pop culture they might be, don’t have a predetermined life expectancy. Constantly evolving, graphic design trends became more and more popular in a gradual manner. Living their short or long lives simultaneously in various domains until they, without much notice or fuss about it, fade away leaving room for the next generation of trends. Flat 2.0, geometric shapes, bold typography, motion, print-inspired, modern retro, abstract Swiss, minimalist logotypes, hand drawn illustrations ñ all have made an impression this year.
As we’re getting closer and closer to the end of this year, I think it’s proper to take a look at the most sought-after graphic design trends of 2016.
Influenced mainly by minimalism, adaptable and multifaceted, Flat 2.0 can be easily combined with photography, drawings, and even motion. While still remaining an eye-catching style that guarantees efficiency in terms of high usability and a faster loading time.
With tools such as Adobe Typekit, Google Fonts, and high resolution screens, web designers have now, more than ever before, the possibility of using bold typography for the creation of more type treatments. Throughout 2016, dramatic typography has not only helped boost online viewer engagement, but has also made a distinguished mark on print media. It’s safe to say that we’ll see more of this trend in 2017.
Modern Retro graphic design is characterised by pixilation, bright and flashy colours (loads of colours), bubbly slab serif typefaces, flat elements, and geometrical shapes. Although simple, New Retro is more than effective, constantly making its way into different mediums like advertisement, poster design, and fashion.
Bright, Bold Colours
This striking design style is making a comeback in interior design, fashion, and graphic design. Whether it be for print, for the web, or for packaging, Neo-Memphis design is definitely something all graphic designers should take note of. And with it’s eye catching graphics and bold colours, it’s hard not to take note.
Also keep an eye out for a style known as low poly, which got its start as a 3D modeling technique for video games. This angular, faceted look will continue to show up outside the gaming world, in web and print projects.
So there we have it, 5 of the most popular graphic design trends of 2016. Let’s see what 2017 brings us!