Design trends are much easier to spot in retrospect than in advance. But as Design School Canva says in an interesting article on trends released earlier this year, “It’s smart to be aware of the shifts going on in your industry—if only to avoid them before they become overused, or to have the opportunity to twist them into something new and interesting.” For that reason, we’re sharing some of our favorite design trends of 2016 in this article.
We’ve read through some of the top predictions from 2016 and picked out the five we’re seeing, trying, and totally falling for.
Thanks to the rise of new tools and apps, making fonts is easier and less expensive than ever. As a result, we’re seeing a rise of bold, playful typography, stacked letters, and even artfully handwritten fonts.
Using friendly illustrations helps create approachable brands and explain complicated concepts in easy-to-understand visuals. These one-of-a-kind casual, custom illustrations are starting to replace stock images of the past.
We’re just starting to see this interesting trend where photos or illustrations come to life with just a slight touch of animation. Creative Market says, “With just a flicker of movement, enough to catch our attention without distracting from the content, this is a hybrid of motion and still.” It’ll be interesting to see how this trend evolves in the future.
The 80s are back with the continued use of layered geometric shapes.Design School Canva also says to look out for 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.”
According to CreativeMarket.com, “The flat design trend is characterized by a clean, colorful look, big typography, white space, and subtle gradients.” We love it because it’s versatile, flexible, and loads quickly in the digital space.
What design trends are you seeing this year? Share in a comment.