Keep an eye on the 9 graphic design trends for 2016

Keep an eye on the 9 graphic design trends for 2016

Get inspired by 2016 graphic design trends

Design trends come and go over time and it's hard to know when one ends and the other begins. The trends selected for this year have been cooking for the last few years and have gradually peaked to become the ones to follow.

As Madeleine Morley at The American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) says:

A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, an aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.

The point on following a trend ain't copying the style of someone else, it is to transform it and see beyond so you can create your own.

Without further ado, here is the rounded up list based on the concensus developed by members of the design industry for the styles and approaches that are most likely to take off in 2016.

1. “Modern” Retro Style

As opposed to vintage or “old” retro—styles that draw from the early 1900s through the 60s—“modern” retro takes its stylistic influences from more recent decades, the late 1970s through the 90s. Think early PCs and video games, pixel art, and space themes: nerdy is the new cool.

Illustration and t-shirt design by Ralph Cifra

The Welcome Branding Group’s ad designs for a music store

Stationery brand Write Sketch & and Officemilano

Limited “pixel edition” packaging designed for Coca-Cola by Erin L. M. McGuire

2. Material Design

This visual language is characterized by “deliberate color choices, edge-to-edge imagery, large-scale typography, and intentional white space” for a bold, graphic look. Some are referring to material design as “Flat 2.0” because, in many ways, it’s an update to the flat design trend, adding light/shadow, depth, and movement for a more tactile sense of realism.

Website concept from Balraj Chana

Weather app from Disky Chairiandy

Website designed by Al Rayhan

3. Bright, Bold Colors

This trend would be a move away from the more muted, 1960s-inspired palettes to favor bright pastels, neons, and richer, more saturated colors. Pantone’s Spring 2016 Color Report falls right in line with this prediction.

Poster pop designed by In the Pool

Landing page design by Michael Fangman

Design by Tron Burgundy