‘Destroying is creating’ should be the graphic design mantra of 2019.
From cropped and misaligned typography to scratched and weathered surfaces, ruining designs is all the rage. Another red thread that runs through this year has been to double everything: images, colors, and exposure.
If you’re a graphic designer, it’ll pay off to keep tabs on the current trends. The likelihood is that your clients have spotted them and want something similar — even though they might not be able to articulate it. It’ll win you brownie points to be up to date on the trends, but at the same time, you don’t want to get lost in the mix.
Use these favorite techniques to spice up your graphic design, but don’t use them as a replacement for your creativity. Trends come from somewhere, so don’t let current moods and fads prevent you from starting the next big thing in graphic design.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular methods in 2019, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list. Without further ado, here are the hottest trends in graphic design 2019.
Last year, we saw chaotic elements of all kinds represented in the graphic design.
The trend continues this year, albeit in a more focused form. In other words, it’s time to calm down your OCD, throw out the rulebook, and create some chaos in the text alignment and spacing. Remember that you want to give a rough and raw impression without making it look amateurish.
Holograms have the all the rage for the past few years, but the enthusiasm is slowly petering out. Instead, graphic designers are using a lot of color channel effects in their work.
There are many things a client shouldn’t say to a graphic designer. One of those things is “make it pop!”. And yet every graphic designer will have heard this at least once during their career.
It’s perhaps mostly out of necessity that 3D elements have become a trend in 2019. More specifically, it is 3D elements (to make it pop) combined with really bright colors (to make it pop more).
Operating systems and social media platforms all undergo constant design changes in tandem with the trends. We’ve seen shiny metallic 3D buttons being replaced with flat and stable colored buttons.
Sometimes words on a page are all that’s required to grab people’s attention. Less is more, and if you can get away with some creative typography and negative space, then you’re golden.
No wonder then, that creative typography continues to be a popular trend in graphic design. A text will inevitably be part of most marketing projects, so you might as well make the most of it.
Cropped typography is an offshoot from the creative typography trend described earlier. It’s mostly the practice of erasing bits and pieces of the text without making it indecipherable.
Double exposure is far from a new technique in graphic design.
That, however, has not stopped it from becoming a continuous trend. Double exposure allows you to create stunning surreal images by combining two separate photographs.
Double exposure is such a favorite technique that it deserves double the number of entries on our list. We could do an entire post on double exposure given its possibilities when combined with other methods.
9. Double Light
The third double trend on our light is the double light effect. This effect can be done with either color channels or two different sources of light. The result is a very modern look, if not downright futuristic sci-fi.
10. Glitch Effect
You’ve seen it in every sci-fi or horror movie. The glitch effect is part of the larger distortion trend that includes cropped and chaotic typography.
Use this technique to create gritty and eerie images that create a chilling atmosphere. Similar to the other distortion methods; the glitch effect takes some time and effort to master correctly.
Musicians aren’t the only creatives who yearn for the days of analog gear and practice.
Graphic designers have also gone on a journey of rediscovery. Hand-drawn illustrations have been one of the unavoidable trends of 2019.
Not only does the drawing by hand come with fewer restrictions than digital, but it also stimulates the mind differently. Just like reading a real paper book, drawing by hand feels more real. Chances are we’ll see this as a trend that will never go out of style.
A picture says a thousand words, but an illustration over a view means even more.
So it’s been with the use of drawings over photography in 2019. The most popular variation of this technique is to combine a clean image with some brightly colored cartoon typography. Use this method with care, however, as it can quickly start looking tacky.
The use of metallic elements in your designs is another way to show your client it pops.
Negative space isn’t going away anytime soon. Still, we feel like it deserves mention in this year’s graphic design trends.
The use of space is widespread, and it’s the perfect way to draw attention to specific elements in your design. When used in conjunction with beautiful natural landscapes, negative space can be downright magical.
Just like negative space can be utilized in designs overall, it can also be used with typography. It’s a great way to let the background shine through — literally. With the image visible through the text, you can achieve an interaction between the two elements.
One color 3D is the solution for the graphic designer whose client wants the design pop without looking tacky. It uses the same color for the foreground as for the background.
Paper cutting art is making a comeback similar to hand-drawn illustrations. There are two ways to go about this technique: the old-school way and the more modern approach.
18. Ruined Effect
The final trend of 2019 that relates to things being destroyed is the ruined effect. The name covers over many different ways to make a design look weathered and worn.
Combining typography with real-life objects or downright making typography out of them is a trend. This can be a great way to introduce customers to the team behind a company.
It has also been heavily utilized in the fashion industry as a way to combine the showcasing of products with marketing copy.