Top 10 Design Trends of 2016

December 30, 2016
Aishwarya Khanna

Top 10 Design Trends of 2016

Trends in graphic design keep changing and many new templates and layouts are introduced every day but some of them manage to stay on for quite a few years and make significant impact. Designing trends can be completely new and also arise out of older ones. Let’s have a look at some of the most fantastic trends in graphic designing.

  1. Flat 2.0

It is marked by a colorful, clean appearance and white space and large typography and is focused on a minimalist use of simple elements, typography and flat colors. This type has been impacted by Swiss, minimalism and Bauhaus styles. Flat design was introduced in 2006 and got refreshed in 2013 and 2014. This trend has a great visual impact which is also a reason for its high usability.

Flat 2.0

Flat 2.0

  1. Bold Typography

Flat Design can make dramatic typography possible and also easier and more cost-effective. This kind of design is marked by letter stacking, fun sans-serif typefaces and bold statements. Putting bold, serif and san-serif letters can catch attention of people and makes outcomes more colorful.

Bold Typography

Bold Typography

  1. Abstract Style

This trend involves distorting of known forms and keeps minimalism in focus. It is in contrast to the splashier design styles inspired by the 1980s.

Abstract Style

Abstract Style

  1. Bold, Bright Colors

This type of design includes bright hues, material design and design elements from the 1980s and 1990s. It is opposite to subtle palettes inspired by the 60s but includes more saturated, richer colors, vibrant pastels and neon shades.

Bold, Bright Colors

Bold, Bright Colors

  1. Geometric Shapes

This trend consists of illustrative techniques, individual graphic elements, low poly style etc. These have angular appearance. This trend makes strong visual identity and is more common in web design.

Geometric Shapes

Geometric Shapes

  1. Material Design

It was originally designed for mobile and the web, although the principles of this design type can now be seen in all types of design formats. Intentional white space, large-scale typography, edge-to-edge imagery are some of the main elements of this design type. Light and shadow effects, bold colors and bigger types are also included in this type.

Material Design

Material Design

  1. Minimalist

This design type focuses on flat design, crisp mono line style, subtle gradients, minimalism and negative space, and is one of the most efficient 2016 logo trends. Minimalist design has simplicity, clarity and boldness and doesn’t compromise with creativity.

Minimalist

Minimalist

  1. Negative Space

Negative space is an important aspect of any effective graphic design. It can add more significance to designs if used in a strategical manner. This type plays a very important role in branding and logo projects

Negative Space

Negative Space

  1. Whimsical Illustrations

Whimsical or hand drawn illustrations a trend not just for kids but also for everyone. Doodles are an example of this trend. It also includes sketchy lines and brushstrokes. This type adds a bit of fun element to designs.

Whimsical Illustrations

Whimsical Illustrations

 

  1. New Retro

This type is in contrast to the vintage uses styles from the 70s to the 90s. It gives a feel of pixel art, video games and PCs.

New Retro

New Retro

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