Which Graphic Design Trends are going out of Style?
Trends in graphic designing change very frequently. But there are trends which are not so en-vogue than the others. Like fashion trends, design trends to don’t essentially last longer. This means you have to take notice of what all is in trends and also what all is going out of the trend as well. This article is all about that, all the Graphic Design Trends that are going out of Style. Let’s see the list.
The past years have seen many complex details and intricate compositions. This is partly due to the popularity of vintage designs.
In the fields of advertising, sign-painting, and illustrations till the 1920s, there’s a striking attention to detail and sense of craftsmanship that many designers have found inspiring. While vintage and retro styles continue to be popular until today, they have gained a new name like ‘Modern Retro’.
Natural Color Schemes
Every year, Shutterstock looks at color trends by analyzing the types of photos and graphics that people have downloaded. In both the 2014 and 2015 reports, blues and greens were dominant in the designs. But now, instead of nature-inspired, often more muted color palettes, you’ll start to see brighter, more saturated selections thanks to the rising popularity of both material design and 80/90s-inspired visual trends.
The mixed typography approach to combining fonts has been there for years now. You’d see it on websites and social media, in logos and branding, on book covers and posters, everywhere in short. Combining fonts can be tough, and sometimes this trend is done shabbily, with little attention to picking fonts that work well together. This trend is not taken much into consideration when it comes to logo designs.
Monoline logos are the kind where graphic elements are illustrated in a single line weight. This versatile style can be adapted to be minimal or complex, vintage or modern, fancy or casual. But despite its versatility, this trend turned up a little too often and is getting retired.
Badges & Crests
This partially or fully enclosed style of logo design can be found everywhere. You can even buy templates where you plug in your own text and you’re done! This makes an instant badge logo that looks just like everyone else’s.
The popular hand-lettering trend; various applications feature typography arranged as a shape or within a shape. The handcrafted shaped typography can be approached for branding but isn’t broadly applicable to a wide variety businesses and clients.
Stock Imagery & Basic Typography
Due to the availability of more natural-looking or basic stock photography and the increasing trend of illustrating websites, designers don’t have an excuse for turning out basic looking websites anymore. So first up are designs that avoid bad stock photography and dull typography to embrace more creative approaches. By pairing the illustrations with bright colors and typography that has personality really makes the design look good.
With the advancement of technology, static graphics are now not much seen when it comes to graphic designing. Many web designers are increasing including moving graphics, from video to animation, as significant elements in their designs. We all are already quite used to seeing still images and static backgrounds, a little bit of movement can catch the audience’s attention and keep their interest a little bit longer. Hence moving graphics are en-vogue and static graphics are considered to be long gone.
Similar Looking Layouts
Because of easier access to the internet and partly due to the easy availabilityof website themes and templates, designers get ideas from each other and hence end up into similar-looking websites. Some common layout trends include image sliders (also known as a carousel) on the homepage or a hero image with three columns of content. This is a trend that is not much liked in today’s world. People are looking for newer and different looking websites that arouse and appeal to their senses.
Emboss and glossy style
The bevel and emboss trend went out of style suddenly when the trend of minimalism came at par. The problem is of course that stylistically, designers have a lot of other choices to make and are moving towards more subtle choices. Implementing a heavily glossy emboss style on your website is a way to make a brand new site seem like it already needs a design refresh.
The Burst or Pop Up
The burst is a tried and was a unique and sure way to grab viewer’s attention but not anymore. The main problem with this is that it reflects a complete lack of thought and imagination. As now there are plenty of options in the design world that can easily grab one’s attention without even using a burst.
Using Drop Shadows
The drop shadow comes up like a big, soft, having plenty of distance and has a color that contrasts heavily with the background. Unfortunately, the result is a design that instantly reeks of cheesy fake lighting effects.
So how about you? Do you follow the trends? The examples above should serve to illustrate the idea that following old-fashioned trends can, in fact, have a negative effect on your designs and the impressions they leave on your viewers. One should be aware of the fact that design is all about creating something new and effective in their manner. Let everyone else follow the old style, but you should have the guts to break the rule and make your own. Let everyone follow you!
As long as you know what it is your design style of choice is communicating and interacting and sending the right message, and that concept or time period is exactly what you’re going for, then you’re on the right track.
Don’t be too eager to jump onto the overused tricks if you’re working on a project that merits some innovative thought.
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