design trends

Summer 2016

web / graphic design

MIS-PRINT EFFECTS INSPIRED

Inspired by pre-digital printing processes, it displays slabs of colour, rich textures, and mis-print effects. In 2016, we'll see this style evolve to take its cue from the Risograph with it's bright, neon colors and fun, unpredictable overprint effects.

GEOMETRIC SHAPES

Geometric shapes and patterns are a motif that aligns with some of the 80s-era trends we've already looked at. This one can be applied in all sorts of ways—as individual graphic elements, as backgrounds, as an illustrative technique.

FLAT-ISOMETRY

Started from the classical Flat and absorbed the best traditions of various isometric games, Isometric Flat today could be called as a separate style becoming popular day by day.

MOTION GRAPHICS

Photos and illustrations come to life with 2D animation and cinemagraphs. With just a flicker of movement, enough to catch our attention without distracting from the content, this is a hybrid of motion and still.

MONO LINE STYLES

Minimalism, flat design, negative space, subtle gradients, kinetic logos and crisp line styles are the logo trends for 2016.

advertising / photography

PAPER STILL LIFE

Paper folding and origami have been making a comeback over the last few years and this year it will be the paper craft to learn and improve.

LARGE IMAGES

Using large images can make a statement! Placing it in the right spot can attract the viewer's eye to the product details.

TYPOGRAPHY

LETTERSTACKING

This trend has been around for quite a while but it is not losing popularity. Perhaps it is because it draws in the consumer and challenges them to make sense out of it.




WATERCOLOR

Watercolor is everywhere. From backgrounds to illustrations to typography, this softer trend is combining styles of artistry with a custom-made design aesthetic. Watercolor styles are appealing because they feel handcrafted, making the design appear special.


ALL CAPS

All caps lettering has almost forever been associated with shouting at the reader. Sometimes you want the design to scream a specific message. (Just make sure to keep it somewhat concise).

INTERIOR DESIGN

SMALL SPACES

With thoughtful, innovative designs, some homeowners have discovered a small house actually leads to a simpler yet fuller life, connecting them with family, friends, and nature.


BOTANICALS

The colour green is always a favourite in homes, and styling is easy when you add a simple plant to a room. "Bringing the outdoors in" is still popular

FASHION

RUCKSACKS

The humble rucksack has never looked chicer. They're perfect for the restless traveller and long-standing festivalgoer over the summer ahead.


SLIDES

Mules are not the only slide-in footwear out there either and it appears that there was quite a variation of this trend appearing for the spring and summer 2016 Fashion Weeks.

TIARA

Think Courtney Love in the 90s; messy hair, slip dresses and chunky boots. Forget natty flower head garlands - this year's Glastonbury must-have will be a tiara, and it'll look all the better with an unavoidable splattering of mud.

CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION

MOVING IMAGES

By incorporating illustration into video, you can breathe life into your designs. Animating your drawings opens up a new realm for your creations, so start exploring!



DOODLES

These types of illustrations are usually complex, detailed and convey large amounts of information in a small space. They also have the added benefit of being universally relatable because we have all enjoyed a scribble at some point!


MERGING MEDIUMS

Why choose between photography and illustration when you can have the best of both worlds? The most exciting new illustration trend for 2016 is 'merging mediums'.

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